Origin of peracid

First recorded in 1895–1900; per- + acid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for peracid


  1. an acid, such as perchloric acid, in which the element forming the acid radical exhibits its highest valency
  2. (not in technical usage) an acid, such as persulphuric acid, that contains the -OOH groupRecommended names: peroxo acid, peroxy acid
Derived Formsperacidity (ˌpɛrəˈsɪdɪtɪ), noun
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peracid in Medicine


  1. Any of various acids containing the peroxy group.
  2. An inorganic acid, such as perchloric acid, containing the largest proportion of oxygen in a series of related acids.
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