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  1. yielding acid in chemical reaction; acidic.

  2. (of food) containing a large amount of acid ash after complete oxidation.

Origin of acid-forming

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby acid-forming Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use acid-forming in a sentence

  • The change is brought about by certain living organisms, namely, the lactic acid-forming bacteria.

    The Book of Cheese | Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • This is a suitable temperature for the development of the lactic acid-forming organisms.

    The Book of Cheese | Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • For salts of this acid-forming oxide and for perchromic acid see Bichromates.

  • Beryllium, following lithium, is less strongly base-forming, while boron has some base-forming and some acid-forming properties.

  • In carbon all base-forming properties have disappeared, and the acid-forming properties are more marked than in boron.

British Dictionary definitions for acid-forming


  1. (of an oxide or element) yielding an acid when dissolved in water or having an oxide that forms an acid in water; acidic

  2. (of foods) producing an acid residue following digestion

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