sulfuric acid


noun Chemistry.

a clear, colorless to brownish, dense, oily, corrosive, water-miscible liquid, H2SO4, usually produced from sulfur dioxide: used chiefly in the manufacture of fertilizers, chemicals, explosives, and dyestuffs and in petroleum refining.

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Also called oil of vitriol.

Origin of sulfuric acid

First recorded in 1780–90
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Medical definitions for sulfuric acid

sulfuric acid
[ sŭl-fyurĭk ]

n.

A colorless, nearly odorless, corrosive liquid that is used occasionally as a caustic.vitriol
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Scientific definitions for sulfuric acid

sulfuric acid

A strong corrosive acid. It combines very easily with water, making it a good drying agent. Sulfuric acid is the most widely used acid in industry. It is used to make detergents, dyes, drugs, explosives, pigments, fertilizers, and many other products. It is also the acid in lead-acid electric batteries. Chemical formula: H2SO4.
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