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  1. having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
  2. harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
  3. sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
  1. 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
Related formscor·ro·sive·ly, adverbcor·ro·sive·ness, cor·ro·siv·i·ty [kawr-oh-siv-i-tee, kor-] /ˌkɔr oʊˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒr-/, nounnon·cor·ro·sive, adjectivenon·cor·ro·sive·ly, adverbnon·cor·ro·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for corrosivity


  1. (esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
  2. tending to eat away or consume
  3. cutting; sarcastica corrosive remark
  1. a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
Derived Formscorrosively, adverbcorrosiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for corrosivity



late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).

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corrosivity in Medicine


  1. Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action.
  1. A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.
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