Definition of litmus paper in English:

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litmus paper

Pronunciation: /ˈlitməs ˌpāpər/

noun

Paper stained with litmus, used to indicate the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Blue litmus paper turns red under acid conditions, and red litmus paper turns blue under alkaline conditions.
Example sentences
  • ‘The litmus paper is still the litmus paper,’ he enunciated in the formal manner of the lecturer.
  • Blue litmus paper turns red in acidic solution, and red litmus paper turns blue in basic solution.
  • Earth's greatest scientists work around the clock to avert disaster, finally resolving the problem with the careful use of test tubes, Bunsen burners, and litmus paper.

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Syllabification: lit·mus pa·per

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