noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, bitter, corrosive, poisonous powder, AgNO3, produced by the reaction of silver and dilute nitric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of photographic emulsions and mirrors, as a laboratory reagent, and in medicine as an antiseptic, astringent, and in the routine prophylaxis of ophthalmia neonatorum.
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Origin of silver nitrate
First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for silver nitrate
a white crystalline soluble poisonous substance used in making photographic emulsions, other silver salts, and as a medical antiseptic and astringent. Formula: AgNO 3See also lunar caustic
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Medicine definitions for silver nitrate
A poisonous crystalline compound with antiseptic and astringent properties, used in the prevention of ophthalmia neonatorum and in the special staining of nervous tissue, spirochetes, and reticular fibers.
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Science definitions for silver nitrate
A poisonous, clear, crystalline compound that darkens when exposed to light. It is used in photography and silver plating, and as an external antiseptic. Chemical formula: AgNO3.
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