having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
Origin of corrosive
1350–1400; late Middle EnglishRelated formscor·ro·sive·ly, adverbcor·ro·sive·ness, cor·ro·siv·i·ty [kawr-oh-siv-i-tee, kor-] /ˌkɔr oʊˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒr-/, nounnon·cor·ro·sive, adjectivenon·cor·ro·sive·ly, adverbnon·cor·ro·sive·ness, noun
(< Middle French
) < Medieval Latin corrōsīvus,
equivalent to Latin corrōs(us
) (see corrosion
) + -īvus -ive
; replacing Middle English corosif
< Middle French
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(esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
tending to eat away or consume
cutting; sarcastica corrosive remark
Derived Formscorrosively, adverbcorrosiveness, noun
a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
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Word Origin and History for non-corrosive
late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).
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non-corrosive in Medicine
Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action.
A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.
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