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Meaning of CORROSIVE

Pronunciation:  ku'rowsiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a substance having the tendency to cause corrosion (such a strong acids or alkali)
  2. [adj]  of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

CORROSIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: caustic, destructive, erosive, vitriolic
 See Also: chemical compound, compound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cor*ro"sive\ (k?r-r?"s?v), a. [Cf. F. corrosif.]
    1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing,
       changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a
       body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. ``Corrosive
       liquors.'' --Grew. ``Corrosive famine.'' --Thomson.
    2. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
             Care is no cure, but corrosive.       --Shak.
    {Corrosive sublimate} (Chem.), mercuric chloride, {HgCl2}; so
       called because obtained by sublimation, and because of its
       harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is
       in the form of a heavy, transparent, crystalline
       substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste.
       It is a virulent poison, a powerful antiseptic, and an
       excellent antisyphilitic; called also {mercuric
       bichloride}. It is to be carefully distinguished from
       calomel, the mild chloride of mercury.
  2. \Cor*ro"sive\, n.
    1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away
             [Corrosives] act either directly, by chemically
             destroying the part, or indirectly by causing
             inflammation and gangrene.            --Dunglison.
    2. That which has the power of fretting or irritating.
             Such speeches . . . are grievous corrosives.
       -- {Cor*ro"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Cor*ro"sive*ness}, n.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Refers to any substance that oxidizes metal or flesh; in a chemical labeling context, it specificially refers to a highly reactive substance that causes obvious damage to living tissue.
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