nitrous acid


noun Chemistry.

an acid, HNO2, known only in solution.

Nearby words

  1. nitrostarch,
  2. nitrosyl,
  3. nitrosylsulfuric,
  4. nitrosylsulfuric acid,
  5. nitrous,
  6. nitrous bacteria,
  7. nitrous ether,
  8. nitrous oxide,
  9. nitroxanthic acid,
  10. nitryl

Origin of nitrous acid

First recorded in 1670–80

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British Dictionary definitions for nitrous acid

nitrous acid

noun

a weak monobasic acid known only in solution and in the form of nitrite salts. Formula: HNO 2Systematic name: dioxonitric(III) acid
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Medicine definitions for nitrous acid

nitrous acid

n.

A weak inorganic acid existing only in solution or in the form of its salts.

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Science definitions for nitrous acid

nitrous acid

A weak inorganic acid existing only in solution or in the form of its salts. It can act either as an oxidizing agent or as a reducing agent. Chemical formula: HNO2.
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