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hydrochloric acid

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noun
  1. a colorless or faintly yellow, corrosive, fuming liquid, HCl, used chiefly in chemical and industrial processes.
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Origin of hydrochloric acid

First recorded in 1825–35
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  • It would have to be sulphuric-acid or hydrochloric-acid ice.

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrochloric acid

hydrochloric acid

noun
  1. the colourless or slightly yellow aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride: a strong acid used in many industrial and laboratory processesFormerly called: muriatic acid
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hydrochloric acid in Medicine

hydrochloric acid

(hī′drə-klôrĭk)
n.
  1. A clear, colorless, fuming, poisonous, highly acidic aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride, normally present in a dilute form in gastric juice, and used in a variety of laboratory processes.
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hydrochloric acid in Science

hydrochloric acid

[hī′drə-klôrĭk]
  1. A solution of hydrogen chloride in water, forming a very strong, poisonous, corrosive acid with a sharp odor. It is used in food processing, metal cleaning, and dyeing. Small amounts of hydrochloric acid are also secreted by the stomachs of animals for digestion. Also called muriatic acid
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