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[suhl-fyoo r-ik] /sʌlˈfyʊər ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry.
of, relating to, or containing sulfur, especially in the hexavalent state.
Origin of sulfuric
1780-90; < French sulfurique; see sulfur, -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If sulfurous acid is present, it will be oxidized to sulfuric acid and precipitated as barium sulfate by the barium chlorid.

  • Put a drop of concentrated nitric or sulfuric acid on a piece of colored wool cloth, or on a piece of colored silk.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The most common acids are sulfuric, hydrochloric, and nitric.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
  • Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), one of the typical gases issuing from fumaroles, readily oxidizes to sulfuric acid and native sulfur.

    Volcanoes Robert I. Tilling
  • The required amount of sulfuric acid should then be poured rather slowly into the water.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • Vinegars may be adulterated by the addition of mineral acids as sulfuric or hydrochloric.

  • But if the phosphate is treated with sulfuric acid it becomes more soluble and this product is sold as "superphosphate."

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • Among the common acids found in every laboratory are hydrochloric, sulfuric, and nitric.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
  • sulfuric acid, that there's what ye said—an' that there's what I got.

  • An oily looking liquid, sulfuric acid, an excessively powerful agent, will set it at liberty.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
Word Origin and History for sulfuric

also sulphuric, 1790, from French sulfurique; see sulfur + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sulfuric in Science
Containing sulfur, especially sulfur with a valence of 6. Compare sulfurous.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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