Definition of Aqua fortis

1. Noun. Acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuels.

Exact synonyms: Nitric Acid
Generic synonyms: Acid
Derivative terms: Nitrate, Nitrify



Definition of Aqua fortis

1. Noun. (context: inorganic compound historical) Nitric acid. ¹

2. Noun. (alchemy) A corrosive liquor made of saltpeter, serving as a solvent for dissolving silver and all other metals except gold. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Aqua fortis

1. Nitric acid. Origin: L, strong water. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Aqua Fortis

apyrexias
apyrexy
apyrimidinic
apyrimidinic acid
apyrimidinic site
apyrous
aq
aq bull
aq dest
aq ferv
aq frig
aqabamycin
aqabamycins
aqua
aqua-
aqua fortis (current term)
aqua regia
aqua vitae
aquabib
aquabibs
aquabirnavirus
aquabis
aquacade
aquacades
aquacise
aquacised
aquacises
aquacising
aquacobalamin
aquacobalamin reductase

Literary usage of Aqua fortis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1856)
"POISONING ВТ NITRIC ACID OR aqua fortis. ACTION OF THE CONCENTRATED ACID—PO ST-MORTEM ... Nitric acid is popularly known under the name of aqua fortis, ..."

2. Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry by Pierre Joseph Macquer (1758)
"This operation of purifying aqua fortis by a ... of aqua fortis ; and aqua fortis thus purified is called Precipitated aqua fortis. ..."

3. Mineralogia Cornubiensis: A Treatise on Minerals, Mines, and Mining by William Pryce (1778)
"Proof aqua fortis. Take any quantity of good aqua fortis, ... appears to be any precipitate or cloud of a white colour, as there will if the aqua fortis has ..."

4. Elements of the Art of Assaying Metals by Johann Andreas Cramer (1764)
"pour drop by drop into the reft of the aqua fortis that is to be ... The Oil of Vitriol is indeed driven out of aqua fortis, by means of the Copper, ..."

5. A Treatise on Criminal Law by Francis Wharton, William Draper Lewis (1896)
"... it being requisite that they should undergo another process, namely, immersion in diluted aqua fortis, before they could pass as shillings ; the judges ..."

6. Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy: Considered in It's [sic by George Adams (1794)
"If you afk, why aqua fortis, which will not ... and the fame as he- lore ; aqua fortis cither does not attract gold at all, ..."

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