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Origin of sulfuric

1780–90; < French sulfurique; see sulfur, -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for sulfuric

also sulphuric, 1790, from French sulfurique; see sulfur + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sulfuric in Science


  1. Containing sulfur, especially sulfur with a valence of 6. Compare sulfurous.
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