a colorless, irritating, fuming, water-soluble liquid, CH2O2, originally obtained from ants and now manufactured synthetically, used in dyeing and tanning and in medicine chiefly as a counterirritant and astringent.
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How to use formic acid in a sentence
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Salts, in which one atom of hydrogen in formic acid is replaced by a metal or other basic radical.
formic acid was supposed to be an oxide of formyl; and chloroform, the terchloride of formyl.
It manifests this peculiarity because of the volatile formic acid which it contains.
formic acid was detected in the whole-milk cheese only at the five and one-half month stage.The Book of Cheese | Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
It also combines directly with potassium hydride to form potassium formate (see formic acid).
British Dictionary definitions for formic acid
a colourless corrosive liquid carboxylic acid found in some insects, esp ants, and many plants: used in dyeing textiles and the manufacture of insecticides and refrigerants. Formula: HCOOH: Systematic name: methanoic acid
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Scientific definitions for formic acid
A colorless, caustic, fuming liquid that occurs naturally as the poison of ants and stinging nettles. It is used in making textiles and paper and in insecticides. Formic acid is the simplest organic acid, containing a carboxyl (COOH) group attached to a hydrogen atom. Chemical formula: CH2O2.
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