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nitric acid

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌnaɪtrɪk ˈæsɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnaɪtrɪk ˈæsɪd//
 
[uncountable] (chemistry) (symbol HNO3)
 
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a powerful clear acid that can destroy most substances and is used to make explosives and other chemical products Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French acide nitrique.
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