Meaning of boric acid

bo'ric ac'id

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  1. Also calleda white, crystalline acid, HBO, occurring in nature or prepared from borax: used chiefly in the manufacture of ceramics, cements, glass, and enamels, for fireproofing, and in medicine in aqueous solution as a mild antiseptic.
  2. any of a group of acids containing boron.
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