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noun

a colorless corrosive gas, HF, the anhydride of hydrofluoric acid, used chiefly as a catalyst and in the fluorination of hydrocarbons.

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Origin of hydrogen fluoride

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrogen fluoride

hydrogen fluoride

noun

a colourless poisonous corrosive gas or liquid made by reaction between calcium fluoride and sulphuric acid: used as a fluorinating agent and catalyst. Formula: HF
an aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride; hydrofluoric acid
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Scientific definitions for hydrogen fluoride

hydrogen fluoride

A corrosive compound that exists as a colorless, fuming liquid or a highly soluble gas. Hydrogen fluoride is used as a reagent, catalyst, and fluorinating agent, in the refining of uranium, and in making many fluorine compounds. An aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride is called hydrofluoric acid. Chemical formula: HF.
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