- a strip of paper impregnated with litmus, used as a chemical indicator.
Origin of litmus paper
First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for litmus paper
Hypochlorous acid first reddens, and then bleaches, litmus-paper.
Litmus-paper, indigo blue or other vegetable colours are at once bleached.
If the litmus-paper turns red the man is dead; if it remains blue he is alive.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
- An unsized white paper impregnated with litmus and used as a pH or acid-base indicator.
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