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Meaning of nitric acid

ni'tric ac'id

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a colorless or yellowish, fuming, suffocating, caustic, corrosive, water-soluble liquid, HNO, having powerful oxidizing properties, usually obtained from ammonia or from Chile saltpeter: used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives and fertilizers and in organic synthesis. Also called
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