[ fer-ik ]
/ ˈfɛr ɪk /

adjective Chemistry.

of or containing iron, especially in the trivalent state.

Origin of ferric

1790–1800; < Latin ferr(um) iron + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for ferric


/ (ˈfɛrɪk) /


of or containing iron in the trivalent state: ferric oxide; designating an iron (III) compound

Word Origin for ferric

C18: from Latin ferrum iron
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Medicine definitions for ferric


[ fĕrĭk ]


Of, relating to, or containing iron, especially with a valence of 3 or a valence higher than in a corresponding ferrous compound.
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Science definitions for ferric


[ fĕrĭk ]

Containing iron, especially iron with a valence of 3. Compare ferrous.
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