[ kuh-roh-siv ]
/ kəˈroʊ sɪv /


having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.


something corrosive, as an acid or drug.

Origin of corrosive

1350–1400; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, equivalent to Latin corrōs(us) (see corrosion) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English corosif < Middle French < Latin as above

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British Dictionary definitions for corrosive


/ (kəˈrəʊsɪv) /


(esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
tending to eat away or consume
cutting; sarcastica corrosive remark


a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali

Derived Forms

corrosively, adverbcorrosiveness, noun
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Medicine definitions for corrosive


[ kə-rōsĭv ]


Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action.


A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.
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