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pyrophosphoric acid

[ pahy-roh-fos-fawr-ik, -for-, pahy- ]
/ ˈpaɪ roʊ fɒsˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-, ˌpaɪ- /
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noun Chemistry.
a crystalline, water-soluble powder, H4P2O7, formed by the union of one molecule of phosphorus pentoxide with two molecules of water.
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Origin of pyrophosphoric acid

First recorded in 1865–70; pyro- + phosphoric

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British Dictionary definitions for pyrophosphoric acid

pyrophosphoric acid
/ (ˌpaɪrəʊfɒsˈfɒrɪk) /

noun
a crystalline soluble solid acid formed by the reaction between one molecule of phosphorus pentoxide and two water molecules. Formula: H 4 P 2 O 7See also polyphosphoric acid
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Scientific definitions for pyrophosphoric acid

pyrophosphoric acid
[ pī′rō-fŏs-fôrĭk ]

A viscous liquid used as a catalyst and in the manufacture of organic chemicals. Chemical formula: H4P2O7.
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