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ferric Line breaks: fer¦ric
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛrɪk/

Definition of ferric in English:


1Relating to iron.
Example sentences
  • Without chromium, however, this alloy is vulnerable to corrosion attack in reducing acids when oxidizing salts such as ferric or cupric chloride are present, even in the parts-per-million range.
  • Mix the ferric ammonium citrate and oxalic acid well, then add the silver nitrate.
  • For his new process, Talbot used ferric chloride, a chemical both inexpensive and one where the depth of etching could easily be controlled.
1.1 Chemistry Of iron with a valency of three; of iron(III). Compare with ferrous.
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  • The ability of wetland plants to flourish in environments with high Fe concentrations has been attributed to the oxidation of soluble ferrous iron to insoluble ferric iron in the rhizosphere.
  • The mottling is created by the alternation of ferrous and ferric iron compounds.
  • Ferrous and ferric iron catalyze the formation of reactive oxygen metabolites, which may mediate mucosal injury.


Late 18th century: from Latin ferrum 'iron' + -ic.

Words that rhyme with ferric

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