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sulfuric acid

noun, Chemistry
1.
a clear, colorless to brownish, dense, oily, corrosive, water-miscible liquid, H 2 SO 4 , usually produced from sulfur dioxide: used chiefly in the manufacture of fertilizers, chemicals, explosives, and dyestuffs and in petroleum refining.
Also called oil of vitriol.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90
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sulfuric-acid in Medicine

sulfuric acid sul·fu·ric acid (sŭl-fyur'ĭk)
n.
A colorless, nearly odorless, corrosive liquid that is used occasionally as a caustic. Also called vitriol.

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sulfuric acid  
A strong corrosive acid. It combines very easily with water, making it a good drying agent. Sulfuric acid is the most widely used acid in industry. It is used to make detergents, dyes, drugs, explosives, pigments, fertilizers, and many other products. It is also the acid in lead-acid electric batteries. Chemical formula: H2SO4.
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