- the acid, H2CO3, formed when carbon dioxide dissolves in water, known in the form of its salts and esters, the carbonates.
Origin of carbonic acid
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for carbonic acid
It is highly inflammable, burning with a pale-blue flame, and giving off sulphurous and carbonic-acid gases.
This is carbonic-acid gas, which is a poison and will destroy life.First Book in Physiology and Hygiene
Here it combines with the carbonic-acid gas taken from the air.The School Book of Forestry
Charles Lathrop Pack
These bubbles are a form of gas called carbon-dioxide, or carbonic-acid, gas.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The most amazing fact is that this "too, too solid flesh" of the tree body was all made of dirty water and carbonic-acid gas.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
- a weak acid formed when carbon dioxide combines with water: obtained only in aqueous solutions, never in the pure state. Formula: H 2 CO 3
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- A weak, unstable acid present in solutions of carbon dioxide in water. It gives carbonated beverages their sharp taste. Chemical formula: H2CO3.
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