Definition of Picric

1. a. Pertaining to, or designating, a strong organic acid (called picric acid), intensely bitter.



Definition of Picric

1. Adjective. Designating a type of bitter yellow acid. ¹

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Definition of Picric

1. having a very bitter taste [adj]

Medical Definition of Picric

1. Pertaining to, or designating, a strong organic acid (called picric acid), intensely bitter. Picric acid is obtained by treating phenol with strong nitric acid, as a brilliant yellow crystalline substance, C6H2(NO2)3.OH. It is used in dyeing silk and wool, and also in the manufacture of explosives, as it is very unstable when heated. Synonym: trinitrophenol, and formerly carbazotic acid. Origin: Gr. Bitter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Picric

picquet
picqueted
picqueter
picqueters
picquets
picra
picramate
picramates
picramic
picramic acid
picras
picrate
picrated
picrates
picrete
picric (current term)
picric acid
picrite
picrites
picritic
picro-Mallory trichrome stain
picrobasalt
picrobasalts
picrocarmine
picrocarmine stain
picrocrocin
picrocrocine
picroformol
picroformol fixative
picrol

Literary usage of Picric

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1. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"picric acid is soluble to ю per cent, in alcohol, to 20 per cent, in ether, ... picric Stains.—These may be removed from the skin by applying powdered ..."

2. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1866)
"picric acid may, however, be more advantageously prepared from pure crystallised phenol, which is now manufactured in large quantities from coal-tar ..."

3. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"It has been proposed as a substitute for picric acid for use in shells, ... A very serious explosion of picric acid, near Manchester, in 1887, was caused by ..."

4. Laboratory manual for the detection of poisons and powerful drugs by Wilhelm Autenrieth (1921)
"Though soluble in cold water with difficulty, picric acid dissolves freely in ... Material containing picric acid has a yellow or C yellowish green color. ..."

5. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen, Henry Leffmann (1900)
"The employment of picric acid as a " hop- substitute " is objectionable, as it has distinct poisonous properties, and rabbits and dogs have been killed by ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1861)
"picric acid enjoys a high reputation as a test for potash. Employed in its alcoholic solution, or as soda or ammonia salt, sometimes as magnesia salt, ..."

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