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[suhl-fyoo r-ik] /sʌlˈfyʊər ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
of, pertaining to, or containing sulfur, especially in the hexavalent state.
1780-90; < French sulfurique; see sulfur, -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for sulfuric
  • Producers add sulfuric acid to form phosphoric acid, which is later converted to ammonium phosphate.
  • Sulfur dioxide turns into sulfuric acid which is hazardous to health.
  • The sulfuric acid they excrete gnaws away at the cave's limestone walls much faster than water alone would.
  • However, they do reveal sulfuric acid, an integral component of volcanic eruptions.
  • Acid rain describes any form of precipitation with high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids.
  • Since the particles are chemically alkaline, they may dilute sulfuric acid-a major component of acid rain.
  • Sulfur dioxide combines with water vapor to form sulfuric acid particles that scatter, reflect, and absorb sunlight.
  • Dutch television said the spray was sulfuric acid, but museum officials would not confirm the report.
  • It forms sulfuric acid when it comes in contact with water.
  • Batteries contain sulfuric acid that is highly corrosive and could be splashed on personnel servicing or changing batteries.
Word Origin and History for sulfuric

also sulphuric, 1790, from French sulfurique; see sulfur + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sulfuric in Science
Containing sulfur, especially sulfur with a valence of 6. Compare sulfurous.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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