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Meaning of anhydride

an•hy•dride

Pronunciation: (an-hī'drīd, -drid), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a compound formed by removing water from a more complex compound: an oxide of a nonmetalor a metalthat forms an acid or a base, respectively, when united with water.
  2. a compound from which water has been abstracted.
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