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British Dictionary definitions for sulphurous acid

sulphurous acid

  1. an unstable acid produced when sulphur dioxide dissolves in water: used as a preservative for food and a bleaching agent. Formula: H 2 SO 3Systematic name: sulphuric(IV) acid
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  • Though commingled with sulphurous-acid gas, it still had the characteristic smell of steam.

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