Definition of phosphoric acid in English:

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phosphoric acid

Pronunciation: /fɒsfɒrɪkˈasɪd/

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A crystalline acid obtained e.g. by treating phosphates with sulphuric acid, used in fertilizer and soap manufacture and food processing.
Example sentences
  • If the alcohol (with the exception of methanol) is heated with aluminum oxide, phosphoric acid or excess sulphuric acid, an alkene is formed along with a molecule of water.
  • The pair had been polishing off rough edges of metal from the inside of the stainless steel cylinder using an electro-plating process of pumping electricity through a solution of sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid.
  • To give food a light texture, and/or control its acidity/alkalinity, yeast, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, fumaric acid, phosphoric acid, lactic acid, and tartrates may be added.

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Line breaks: phos|phor¦ic acid

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