a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, intensely bitter, poisonous acid, C6H3N3O7, used chiefly in explosives.
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Origin of picric acid
First recorded in 1850–55
Words nearby picric acid
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Example sentences from the Web for picric acid
From this it would seem that the exact value of the picric-acid test has as yet to be determined.
British Dictionary definitions for picric acid
/ (ˈpɪkrɪk) /
a toxic sparingly soluble crystalline yellow acid used as a dye, antiseptic, and explosive. Formula: C 6 H 2 OH(NO 2) 3Systematic name: 2,4,6-trinitrophenol See also lyddite
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Medical definitions for picric acid
[ pĭk′rĭk ]
A poisonous, explosive, yellow, crystalline acid used as an application in burns, eczema, erysipelas, and pruritus and in the manufacture of dyes and explosives.
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Scientific definitions for picric acid
[ pĭk′rĭk ]
A poisonous, yellow crystalline solid used in explosives, dyes, and antiseptics. Chemical formula: C6H3N3O7.
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