nitric (adj.) 1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see NITRE (Cf. nitre) + -IC (Cf. -ic). Perhaps immediately from Fr. nitrique. Known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid. (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

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  • Nitric — Ni tric, a. [Cf. F. nitrique. See {Niter}.] (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or containing, nitrogen; specifically, designating any one of those compounds in which, as contrasted with {nitrous} compounds, the element has a higher valence; as, nitric… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nitric — NÍTRIC, Ă, nitrici, ce, adj. (chim.) Azotic. ♢ Acid nitric = acid azotic. – Din fr. nitrique. Trimis de RACAI, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  nítric adj. m. (sil. tric), pl. nítrici; f. sg …   Dicționar Român

  • nitric — [nī′trik] adj. [Fr nitrique: see NITER & IC] 1. of or containing nitrogen 2. designating or of compounds in which nitrogen has a higher valence than in the corresponding nitrous compounds …   English World dictionary

  • nitric — [[t]na͟ɪtrɪk[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Nitric means relating to or containing nitrogen. Nitric oxide gobbles up ozone …   English dictionary

  • nitric — adj. of or containing nitrogen, esp. in the quinquevalent state. Phrases and idioms: nitric acid a colourless corrosive poisonous liquid. Usage: Chem. formula: HNO3 nitric oxide a colourless gas. Usage: Chem. formula: NO. Etymology: F nitrique… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nitric — adj. Nitric is used with these nouns: ↑acid …   Collocations dictionary

  • nitric — /nuy trik/, adj. Chem. 1. containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state. 2. of or pertaining to niter. [1785 95; NITR + IC, modeled on F nitrique] * * * …   Universalium

  • nitric — adjective Of, pertaining to, or containing, nitrogen …   Wiktionary

  • nitric — ni·tric nī trik adj of, relating to, or containing nitrogen esp. with a higher valence than in corresponding nitrous compounds * * * ni·tric (niґtrik) pertaining to or containing nitrogen, applied especially to compounds containing nitrogen with… …   Medical dictionary

  • nítric — ní|tric Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català