Definition of Nitric acid

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

Exact synonyms: Aqua Fortis
Generic synonyms: Acid
Derivative terms: Nitrate, Nitrify

Definition of Nitric acid

1. Noun. (inorganic compound) A transparent, colourless to pale yellow, fuming corrosive liquid, HNO3; a highly reactive oxidizing agent used in the production of fertilizers, explosives, and rocket fuels and in a wide variety of industrial processes; once called aqua fortis. ¹

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Medical Definition of Nitric acid

1. Nitric acid (hno3). A colourless liquid that is used in the manufacture of inorganic and organic nitrates and nitro compounds for fertilisers, dye intermediates, explosives, and many different organic chemicals. Continued exposure to vapor may cause chronic bronchitis; chemical pneumonitis may occur. Chemical name: Nitric acid (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nitric Acid

nitre of potash
nitric-oxide reductase
nitric acid (current term)
nitric acid reductase
nitric bacteria
nitric bacterium
nitric oxide
nitric oxide synthase

Literary usage of Nitric acid

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

1. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"nitric acid may be determined quantitatively in arsenic acid by titration with ... The method is also applicable to the determination of nitric acid in ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"New Test for nitric acid and the Nitrates. By EDMUND W. DAT, of Dublin.—To the solid or liquid supposed to contain nitric acid, free or combined, ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1910)
"In his latest book Rose,5 immediately after the general statement that gold is not perceptibly attacked by nitric acid, adds that finely divided gold is ..."

4. Methods of Practical Hygiene by Karl Bernhard Lehmann (1893)
"Many pure waters contain no nitric acid at all, others only little. ... A. Detection of nitric acid, if no nitrous acid is present (nitrous acid yields the ..."

5. Analytical Chemistry by Frederick Pearson Treadwell (1921)
"Mix the solution to be tested for nitric acid with three times its volume of pure, ... If nitric acid is present, a red coloration quickly appears, ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1833)
"Thus, the formation of nitric oxide from nitric acid is probably the final ... In thé first place, from the sulphur dioxide and nitric acid a compound which ..."

7. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1888)
"Arsenic, muriatic and nitric acid, mercury, and quicklime ... Bisulphide of carbon aud nitric acid, 76. Bisulphide of carbon and muriatic acid, »78, *SO. ..."

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