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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for hydrochloric acid

hydrochloric acid
/ (ˌhaɪdrəˈklɒrɪk) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for hydrochloric acid

hydrochloric acid
[ hī′drə-klôrĭk ]

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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