picric-acid

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-] , trinitrophenol.


Origin:
1850–55

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picric acid (ˈpɪkrɪk)
 
n
See also lyddite Systematic name: 2,4,6-trinitrophenol a toxic sparingly soluble crystalline yellow acid used as a dye, antiseptic, and explosive. Formula: C6H2OH(NO2)3

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picric acid pic·ric acid (pĭk'rĭk)
n.
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   (pĭk'rĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A poisonous, yellow crystalline solid used in explosives, dyes, and antiseptics. Chemical formula: C6H3N3O7.
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