Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pyrosulfuric acid

noun Chemistry.
  1. an oily, hygroscopic, corrosive liquid, H2S2O7, that, depending on purity, is colorless or dark brown: used chiefly as a dehydrating agent in the manufacture of explosives and as a sulfating or sulfonating agent in the manufacture of dyes.
Show More

Origin of pyrosulfuric acid

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called fuming sulfuric acid, oleum.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

fuming sulfuric acid in Science

pyrosulfuric acid

[pī′rō-sŭl-fyurĭk]
  1. A heavy, oily, colorless to dark brown liquid produced by adding sulfur trioxide to concentrated sulfuric acid. It is used in petroleum refining and the manufacture of explosives. Chemical formula: H2S2O7.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.