litmus test

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noun
  1. Chemistry. the use of litmus paper or solution to test the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.
  2. a crucial and revealing test in which there is one decisive factor.

Origin of litmus test

First recorded in 1955–60; so called from chemical tests in which litmus or litmus paper is an indicator
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British Dictionary definitions for litmus test

litmus test

noun
  1. a test to establish the acidity or alkalinity of a mixture
  2. a critical indication of future success or failure
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litmus test in Medicine

litmus test

n.
  1. A test for chemical acidity or basicity using litmus paper.
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