Share this entry
sulphuric acid Line breaks: sul|phur¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /sʌlfjʊərɪkˈasɪd/
(also sulfuric acid)

Definition of sulphuric acid in English:


[mass noun]
A strong acid made by oxidizing solutions of sulphur dioxide and used in large quantities as an industrial and laboratory reagent. The concentrated form is an oily, dense, corrosive liquid.
  • Chemical formula: H2SO4
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.
  • Oxidizing acids such as nitric acid or strong sulphuric acid cannot be handled with copper alloys.


See sulphur (usage).

Definition of sulphuric acid in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources