a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, intensely bitter, poisonous acid, C6H3N3O7, used chiefly in explosives.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use picric acid in a sentence
To a little of this filtrate in a test tube add the same volume of a saturated aqueous solution of picric acid.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants | Edwin M. Bruce
If the filtrate is perfectly clear gelatin is absent and picric acid may be added without producing any noticeable effect.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants | Edwin M. Bruce
Treat with two lots picric acid, saturated aqueous solution.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
It has displaced picric acid owing to its superiority, physically and chemically, over that substance.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
Crsylite is a French explosive, and contains picric acid and nitrated cresol.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
British Dictionary definitions for picric acid
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for picric acid
A poisonous, yellow crystalline solid used in explosives, dyes, and antiseptics. Chemical formula: C6H3N3O7.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.