Meaning of ferric chloride

fer'ric chlo'ride

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a compound that in its anhydrous form, FeCl, occurs as a black-brown, water-soluble solid; in its hydrated form, FeCl&multiplydot;xHO, it occurs in orange-yellow, deliquescent crystals: used chiefly in engraving, for deodorizing sewage, as a mordant, and in medicine as an astringent and styptic. Also called
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