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picric acid

noun, Chemistry
a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, intensely bitter, poisonous acid, C 6 H 3 N 3 O 7 , used chiefly in explosives.
Also called carbazotic acid, nitroxanthic acid, picronitric acid
[pahy-kroh-nahy-trik, pahy-kroh-] /ˈpaɪ kroʊˈnaɪ trɪk, ˌpaɪ kroʊ-/ (Show IPA),
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1850-55 Unabridged
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picric acid

a toxic sparingly soluble crystalline yellow acid used as a dye, antiseptic, and explosive. Formula: C6H2OH(NO2)3 Systematic name 2,4,6-trinitrophenol See also lyddite
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picric acid pic·ric acid (pĭk'rĭk)
A poisonous, explosive, yellow, crystalline acid used as an application in burns, eczema, erysipelas, and pruritus and in the manufacture of dyes and explosives.

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picric acid
A poisonous, yellow crystalline solid used in explosives, dyes, and antiseptics. Chemical formula: C6H3N3O7.
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