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hydrofluoric acid

  1. a colorless, fuming, corrosive liquid, HF, an aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride, used chiefly for etching glass.
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Origin of hydrofluoric acid

First recorded in 1815–25
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Historical Examples of hydrofluoric acid

  • There was a big one on Nifflheim, armored against the fluorine atmosphere and the hydrofluoric-acid rains.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for hydrofluoric acid

hydrofluoric acid

  1. the colourless aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride: a strong acid that attacks glass
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hydrofluoric acid in Science

hydrofluoric acid

[hī′drō-flurĭk, -flôr-]
  1. A colorless, fuming, aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride. It is corrosive and is used to etch or polish glass, to clean certain metals before plating, and to clean masonry. It is very poisonous.
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