Definition of nitric acid in English:

nitric acid

Line breaks: ni¦tric acid
Pronunciation: /nʌɪtrɪkˈasɪd


[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.
    • Chemical formula: HNO3
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    • 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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