carbonic acid


noun

the acid, H2CO3, formed when carbon dioxide dissolves in water, known in the form of its salts and esters, the carbonates.

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Origin of carbonic acid

First recorded in 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for carbonic acid

carbonic acid

noun

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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Scientific definitions for carbonic acid

carbonic acid
[ kär-bŏnĭk ]

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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