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sulfurous acid

noun, Chemistry
a colorless liquid, H 2 SO 3 , having a suffocating odor, obtained by dissolving sulfur dioxide in water, known mainly by its salts, which are sulfites: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a bleach.
1780-90 Unabridged
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  • sulfurous acid can be manufactured by oxidizing elemental sulfur in a burner chamber with pressurized water.
  • Oats that in whole or in part, have been treated with sulfurous acid or any other bleaching agent.
sulfurous acid in Science
sulfurous acid  
A colorless solution of sulfur dioxide in water, characterized by a suffocating sulfurous odor. It is used as a bleaching agent, preservative, and disinfectant. Chemical formula: H2SO3.
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