persulfuric acid

[ pur-suhl-fyoor-ik, pur- ]

  1. Also called Caro's acid, permonosulfuric acid, peroxymonosulfuric acid, peroxysulfuric acid. a white, crystalline solid, H2SO5, used as an oxidizing agent for certain organic compounds.

  2. Also called peroxydisulfuric acid. a white, crystalline solid, H2S2O8, used in the manufacture of hydrogen peroxide.

Origin of persulfuric acid

First recorded in 1880–85; per- + sulfuric

Words Nearby persulfuric acid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023