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osmium tetroxide

noun, Chemistry.
a crystalline or amorphous, colorless, poisonous compound, OsO 4 , soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used for microscopic staining, in photography, and as a catalyst in organic synthesis.
Also called osmic acid.
Origin of osmium tetroxide
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • osmium tetroxide (OsO4) is a very volatile liquid and is used under the name of osmic acid as a stain for sections in microscopy.

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osmium tetroxide

a yellowish poisonous water-soluble crystalline substance with a penetrating odour, used as a reagent and catalyst in organic synthesis. Formula: OsO4
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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