osmium tetroxide

  1. 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.

Words Nearby osmium tetroxide

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How to use osmium tetroxide in a sentence

  • osmium tetroxide (OsO4) is a very volatile liquid and is used under the name of osmic acid as a stain for sections in microscopy.

British Dictionary definitions for osmium tetroxide

osmium tetroxide

  1. 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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