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sulfuric

[suhl-fyoo r-ik] /sʌlˈfyʊər ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
of, relating to, or containing sulfur, especially in the hexavalent state.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < French sulfurique; see sulfur, -ic
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  • 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
adj.

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

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sulfuric in Science
sulfuric
  (sŭl-fyr'ĭk)   
Containing sulfur, especially sulfur with a valence of 6. Compare sulfurous.
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