aqua fortis

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noun Chemistry.


Nearby words

  1. aqaba, gulf of,
  2. aqmola,
  3. aqtöbe,
  4. aqua,
  5. aqua ammoniae,
  6. aqua pura,
  7. aqua regia,
  8. aqua vitae,
  9. aqua-,
  10. aqua-lung

Origin of aqua fortis

1595–1605; < Latin: literally, strong water

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British Dictionary definitions for aqua fortis

aqua fortis

/ (ˈfɔːtɪs) /

noun

an obsolete name for nitric acid

Word Origin for aqua fortis

C17: from Latin, literally: strong water

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Word Origin and History for aqua fortis

aqua fortis

n.

old name for "concentrated nitric acid," c.1600, Latin, literally "strong water;" see aqua- + fort. So called for its power of dissolving metals (copper, silver) unaffected by other agents.

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