a crystalline or amorphous, colorless, poisonous compound, OsO4, soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used for microscopic staining, in photography, and as a catalyst in organic synthesis.
Origin of osmium tetroxide
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called osmic acid.
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British Dictionary definitions for osmic acid
a yellowish poisonous water-soluble crystalline substance with a penetrating odour, used as a reagent and catalyst in organic synthesis. Formula: OsO 4
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Medicine definitions for osmic acid
[ ŏz′mĭk ]
A crystalline oxide of osmium that is a volatile caustic and strong oxidizing agent, the aqueous solution of which is used as a stain for fat and myelin and as a general fixative for electron microscopy.
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