[ dahy-bey-sik ]
/ daɪˈbeɪ sɪk /

adjective Chemistry.

containing two replaceable or ionizable hydrogen atoms: dibasic acid.
having two univalent, basic atoms, as dibasic sodium phosphate, Na2HPO4.

Nearby words

  1. diazotize,
  2. diazotype,
  3. diazoxide,
  4. dib,
  5. dibai,
  6. dibasic acid,
  7. dibasic potassium phosphate,
  8. dibasic sodium phosphate,
  9. dibatag,
  10. dibber

Origin of dibasic

First recorded in 1865–70; di-1 + basic

Related formsdi·ba·sic·i·ty [dahy-bey-sis-i-tee] /ˌdaɪ beɪˈsɪs ɪ ti/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dibasic


/ (daɪˈbeɪsɪk) /


(of an acid, such as sulphuric acid, H 2 SO 4) containing two acidic hydrogen atomsCompare diacidic
(of a salt) derived by replacing two acidic hydrogen atomsdibasic sodium phosphate, Na 2 HPO 4
Derived Formsdibasicity (ˌdaɪbeɪˈsɪsɪtɪ), noun

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Medicine definitions for dibasic


[ dī-bāsĭk ]


Containing two replaceable hydrogen atoms.
Of or relating to salts or acids forming salts with two atoms of a univalent metal.

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Science definitions for dibasic


[ dī-bāsĭk ]

Relating to an acid that contains two hydrogen atoms that can be replaced by metal ions. Sulfuric acid (H2SO4) is a dibasic acid. The hydrogens can be replaced by sodium and hydrogen to form sodium hydrogen sulfate (NaHSO4) or by two sodium atoms to form sodium sulfate (Na2SO4).
Relating to a compound that contains two basic monovalent groups or atoms.
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