Nitric-acid

nitric acid

noun Chemistry.
a colorless or yellowish, fuming, suffocating, caustic, corrosive, water-soluble liquid, HNO 3 , having powerful oxidizing properties, usually obtained from ammonia or from Chile saltpeter: used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives and fertilizers and in organic synthesis.
Also called aqua fortis.


Origin:
1785–95

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nitric acid
 
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Former name: aqua fortis a colourless or yellowish fuming corrosive liquid usually used in aqueous solution. It is an oxidizing agent and a strong monobasic acid: important in the manufacture of fertilizers, explosives, and many other chemicals. Formula: HNO3

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nitric acid ni·tric acid (nī'trĭk)
n.
A transparent, colorless to yellowish, fuming corrosive liquid that is a highly reactive oxidizing agent.

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nitric acid  
A clear, colorless to yellow liquid that is very corrosive and can dissolve most metals. It is used to make fertilizers, explosives, dyes, and rocket fuels. Chemical formula: HNO3.
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