Meaning of formic acid

for'mic ac'id

Pronunciation: [key]
— Chem., Pharm. Chem.,Pharm.
  1. a colorless, irritating, fuming, water-soluble liquid, CHO, originally obtained from ants and now manufactured synthetically, used in dyeing and tanning and in medicine chiefly as a counterirritant and astringent.
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