picric acid

  1. a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, intensely bitter, poisonous acid, C6H3N3O7, used chiefly in explosives.

Origin of picric acid

First recorded in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for picric acid

picric acid

/ (ˈpɪkrɪk) /

  1. a toxic sparingly soluble crystalline yellow acid used as a dye, antiseptic, and explosive. Formula: C 6 H 2 OH(NO 2) 3: Systematic name: 2,4,6-trinitrophenol See also lyddite

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Scientific definitions for picric acid

picric acid

[ pĭkrĭk ]

  1. A poisonous, yellow crystalline solid used in explosives, dyes, and antiseptics. Chemical formula: C6H3N3O7.

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