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adjective Chemistry.
  1. containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state.
  2. of or relating to niter.
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Origin of nitric

1785–95; nitr- + -ic, modeled on French nitrique
Related formsnon·ni·tric, adjective
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  1. of or containing nitrogen, esp in the pentavalent state
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Word Origin and History for nitric


1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see nitre + -ic. Perhaps immediately from French nitrique. Known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid. (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

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nitric in Science


  1. Containing nitrogen, especially nitrogen with a valence of 5. Compare nitrous.
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