aqua fortis

aqua fortis
aqua fortis (n.) old name for "concentrated nitric acid," c.1600, Latin, lit. "strong water;" see AQUA- (Cf. aqua-) + FORT (Cf. fort). So called for its power of dissolving metals (copper, silver) unaffected by other agents.

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  • Aqua fortis — Aqua fortis, or strong water, in alchemy, is a corrosive solution of nitric acid made from saltpeter. It was used in alchemy as a solvent for dissolving silver and most other metals with notable exceptions of gold and platinum that can be… …   Wikipedia

  • Aqua fortis — A qua for tis [L., strong water.] (Chem.) Nitric acid. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • AQUA Fortis — vide infra Chrysulca …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • aqua fortis — [fôr′tis] n. [L, strong water] NITRIC ACID …   English World dictionary

  • aqua fortis — noun Etymology: New Latin aqua fortis, literally, strong water Date: 15th century nitric acid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Aqua fortis — Aqua for|tis das; <zu lat. fortis »stark, kräftig«> Bez. für die zum Ätzen der Druckplatten verwendete Säure …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • aqua fortis — Chem. See nitric acid. [1595 1605; < L: lit., strong water] * * * …   Universalium

  • aqua fortis — noun A corrosive liquor made of saltpeter, serving as a solvent for dissolving silver and all other metals except gold …   Wiktionary

  • aqua fortis — n. nitric acid, oxidizing chemical compound that also contains nitrogen …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aqua fortis —    Latin for nitric acid. In etching, the mordant or solution used to etch the plate, diluted for use with one to five parts water …   Glossary of Art Terms