nitric

[ nahy-trik ]
/ ˈnaɪ trɪk /
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adjective Chemistry.

containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state.
of or relating to niter.

Nearby words

  1. nitrate,
  2. nitrate film,
  3. nitratine,
  4. nitrazepam,
  5. nitre,
  6. nitric acid,
  7. nitric bacteria,
  8. nitric oxide,
  9. nitridation,
  10. nitride

Origin of nitric

1785–95; nitr- + -ic, modeled on French nitrique

Related formsnon·ni·tric, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nitric

nitric

/ (ˈnaɪtrɪk) /

adjective

of or containing nitrogen, esp in the pentavalent state
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Word Origin and History for nitric

nitric

adj.

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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Science definitions for nitric

nitric

[ nītrĭk ]

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