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sulfur trioxide

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noun Chemistry.

an irritant, corrosive, low-melting solid, SO3, obtained by the oxidation of sulfur dioxide, used as an intermediate in the manufacture of sulfuric acid.

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Also called sulfuric anhydride.

Origin of sulfur trioxide

First recorded in 1865–70
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Scientific definitions for sulfur trioxide

sulfur trioxide

A colorless, highly reactive, corrosive compound that exists either as a liquid or as a solid. As a solid, it exists in three forms that may coexist in a given sample. Sulfur trioxide is used as an intermediate in manufacturing sulfuric acid, and in making sulfonates from organic compounds. Chemical formula: SO3.
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