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dibasic

[ dahy-bey-sik ]
/ daɪˈbeɪ sɪk /
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adjective Chemistry.
containing two replaceable or ionizable hydrogen atoms: dibasic acid.
having two univalent, basic atoms, as dibasic sodium phosphate, Na2HPO4.
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Origin of dibasic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dibasic

di·ba·sic·i·ty [dahy-bey-sis-i-tee], /ˌdaɪ beɪˈsɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dibasic

dibasic
/ (daɪˈbeɪsɪk) /

adjective
(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 forms of dibasic

dibasicity (ˌdaɪbeɪˈsɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for dibasic

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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