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noun Chemistry.
  1. a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, intensely bitter, poisonous acid, C6H3N3O7, used chiefly in explosives.
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Origin of picric acid

First recorded in 1850–55
Also called carbazotic acid, nitroxanthic acid, pi·cro·ni·tric ac·id [pahy-kroh-nahy-trik, pahy-kroh-] /ˈpaɪ kroʊˈnaɪ trɪk, ˌpaɪ kroʊ-/, trinitrophenol.
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  • From this it would seem that the exact value of the picric-acid test has as yet to be determined.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

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British Dictionary definitions for picric acid

picric acid

noun
  1. a toxic sparingly soluble crystalline yellow acid used as a dye, antiseptic, and explosive. Formula: C 6 H 2 OH(NO 2) 3Systematic name: 2,4,6-trinitrophenol See also lyddite
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picric acid in Medicine

picric acid

(pĭkrĭk)
n.
  1. A poisonous, explosive, yellow, crystalline acid used as an application in burns, eczema, erysipelas, and pruritus and in the manufacture of dyes and explosives.
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picric acid in Science

picric acid

[pĭkrĭk]
  1. A poisonous, yellow crystalline solid used in explosives, dyes, and antiseptics. Chemical formula: C6H3N3O7.
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