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Meaning of silver nitrate

sil'ver ni'trate

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— Chem., Pharm. Chem.,Pharm.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, bitter, corrosive, poisonous powder, AgNO, produced by the reaction of silver and dilute nitric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of photographic emulsions and mirrors, as a laboratory reagent, and in medicine as an antiseptic, astringent, and in the routine prophylaxis of ophthalmia neonatorum.
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