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  1. having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
  2. harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
  3. sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
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  1. something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
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Origin of corrosive

1350–1400; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, equivalent to Latin corrōs(us) (see corrosion) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English corosif < Middle French < Latin as above
Related 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
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Examples from the Web for non-corrosive

Historical Examples

  • Spectacle frames of non-corrosive white metal, not steel, are the proper sort.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

  • Platinum is unquestionably the best known material, on account of its non-corrosive and heat-resisting qualities.

  • The floors and walls of urinal apartments must be lined with similar non-absorbent and non-corrosive material.

  • This requirement also has been met in the non-corrosive forms of iron, which have come into use within the last five years.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Other non-corrosive poisons cause acute degeneration of the stomach wall (see Poisons).

British Dictionary definitions for non-corrosive


  1. (esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
  2. tending to eat away or consume
  3. cutting; sarcastica corrosive remark
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  1. a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
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Derived Formscorrosively, adverbcorrosiveness, noun
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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


  1. Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action.
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  1. A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.
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