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or 3H, Hc

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Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. tritium.


  1. for the sake of honor.

Origin of h.c.

From the Latin word honōris causā


  1. Holy Communion.
  2. House of Commons.
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Examples from the Web for hc

Historical Examples

  • Yes, marry have I, Mistress hic and hc; I'll fetch 'em to you.

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays (11 of 15)

    W. Carew Hazlitt

  • There isn't such a thing as HC—hallucination is an old wives' tale.

    Modus Vivendi

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Lindstrom fell for her yarn that it was sleight of hand—but it was HC.

    Modus Vivendi

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • And then a bit further on, changed "he" to "hc:" "hc desideria natur."

  • Hc sunt propemodum ipsa illius verba, qu conatus sum memori mandare, ut possem ad te de rerum omnium statu certius perscribere.

British Dictionary definitions for hc


abbreviation for
  1. Holy Communion
  2. (in Britain) House of Commons



noun plural h's, H's or Hs
  1. the eighth letter and sixth consonant of the modern English alphabet
  2. a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiceless glottal fricative, as in hat
    1. something shaped like an H
    2. (in combination)an H-beam


symbol for
  1. physics Planck constant
  2. hecto-
  3. chess See algebraic notation


symbol for
  1. chem hydrogen
  2. physics
    1. magnetic field strength
    2. Hamiltonian
  3. electronics henry or henries
  4. thermodynamics enthalpy
  5. (on Brit pencils, signifying degree of hardness of lead) hardH; 2H; 3H Compare B (def. 9)
  6. slang heroin
abbreviation for
  1. Hungary (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for hc


the pronunciation "aitch" was in Old French (ache "name of the letter H"), and is from a presumed Late Latin *accha (cf. Italian effe, elle, emme), with the central sound approximating the value of the letter when it passed from Roman to Germanic, where it at first represented a strong, distinctly aspirated -kh- sound close to that in Scottish loch. In earlier Latin the letter was called ha.

In Romanic languages, the sound became silent in Late Latin and was omitted in Old French and Italian, but it was restored in Middle English spelling in words borrowed from French, and often later in pronunciation, too. Thus Modern English has words ultimately from Latin with missing -h- (e.g. able, from Latin habile); with a silent -h- (e.g. heir, hour); with a formerly silent -h- now often vocalized (e.g. humble, humor, herb); and even a few with an excrescent -h- fitted in confusion to words that never had one (e.g. hostage, hermit).

Relics of the formerly unvoiced -h- persist in pedantic insistence on an historical (object) and in obsolete mine host. The use in digraphs (e.g. -sh-, -th-) goes back to the ancient Greek alphabet, which used it in -ph-, -th-, -kh- until -H- took on the value of a long "e" and the digraphs acquired their own characters. The letter passed into Roman use before this evolution, and thus retained there more of its original Semitic value.

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hc in Medicine


  1. The symbol forPlanck's constant


  1. The symbol for the elementhydrogen

hc in Science


  1. Abbreviation of height
  2. The symbol for Planck's constant.


  1. The symbol for henry.
  2. The symbol for hydrogen.

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