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nitric acid

Line breaks: ni¦tric acid
Pronunciation: /nʌɪtrɪkˈasɪd
 
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Definition of nitric acid in English:

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless or pale yellow corrosive poisonous liquid acid with strong oxidizing properties, made in the laboratory by distilling nitrates with sulphuric acid.
Example sentences
  • Oxidizing acids such as nitric acid or strong sulphuric acid cannot be handled with copper alloys.
  • Ether can be oxidized by nitric acid to produce ethanoic acid.
  • In a second method, toluene is mixed with nitric acid and oxidized to produce benzoic acid.

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