persulfuric acid

[pur-suhl-fyoor-ik, pur-]
noun Chemistry.
Also called Caro's acid, permonosulfuric acid, peroxymonosulfuric acid, peroxysulfuric acid. a white, crystalline solid, H 2 SO 5 , used as an oxidizing agent for certain organic compounds.
Also called peroxydisulfuric acid. a white, crystalline solid, H 2 S 2 O 8 , used in the manufacture of hydrogen peroxide.

1880–85; per- + sulfuric Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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