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anhydride

[ an-hahy-drahyd, -drid ]
/ ænˈhaɪ draɪd, -drɪd /
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noun Chemistry.
a compound formed by removing water from a more complex compound: an oxide of a nonmetal (acid anhydride ) or a metal (basic anhydride ) that forms an acid or a base, respectively, when united with water.
a compound from which water has been abstracted.
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Origin of anhydride

1860–65; anhydr(ous) + -ide

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British Dictionary definitions for anhydride

anhydride
/ (ænˈhaɪdraɪd, -drɪd) /

noun
a compound that has been formed from another compound by dehydration
a compound that forms an acid or base when added to water
Also called: acid anhydride, acyl anhydride any organic compound containing the group -CO.O.CO- formed by removal of one water molecule from two carboxyl groups

Word Origin for anhydride

C19: from anhydr (ous) + -ide
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Scientific definitions for anhydride

anhydride
[ ăn-hīdrīd′ ]

A chemical compound formed from another, especially an acid, by the removal of water.
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