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[kuh-roh-siv] /kəˈroʊ sɪv/
having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
harmful or destructive; deleterious:
the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
sharply sarcastic; caustic:
corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
Origin of corrosive
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, equivalent to Latin corrōs(us) (see corrosion) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English corosif < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
corrosively, adverb
corrosiveness, corrosivity
[kawr-oh-siv-i-tee, kor-] /ˌkɔr oʊˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒr-/ (Show IPA),
noncorrosive, adjective
noncorrosively, adverb
noncorrosiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for corrosive
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  • One of these bricks has already gone to pieces, being entirely disintegrated by the corrosive influence of the London atmosphere.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Impotence for revenge burned into the soul of him like a corrosive poison.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • In each case the preliminary irrigation with the corrosive sublimate solution is dispensed with.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • Hers, if she ever had it, had been drenched in as ugly a lot of corrosive liquid as could be imagined.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The protochloride of mercury likewise sublimes, but it does not undergo fusion first, as is the case with the corrosive sublimate.

British Dictionary definitions for corrosive


(esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
tending to eat away or consume
cutting; sarcastic: a corrosive remark
a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
Derived Forms
corrosively, adverb
corrosiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for corrosive

late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).

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corrosive in Medicine

corrosive cor·ro·sive (kə-rō'sĭv, -zĭv)
Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action. n.
A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.

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