Definition of Picric acid
1. Noun. A yellow toxic highly explosive strong acid; used in high explosives and as a dye and in chemical reactions.
Definition of Picric acid
1. Noun. (chemistry) 2,4,6-trinitrophenol, C6H2(NO2)3, prepared by the nitration of phenol or of aspirin; a toxic, yellow, explosive substance used in dyes, explosives, and as an antiseptic ¹
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Medical Definition of Picric acid
1. C6H2(NO2)3OH; 2,4,6-Trinitrophenol;has been used as an application in burns, eczema, erysipelas, and pruritus. Synonym: carbazotic acid, nitroxanthic acid. Origin: G. Pikros, bitter (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Picric acid
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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"On a commercial scale picric acid is manufactured from phenol by first treating it with sulphuric acid. The sulphonic acid produced in this way is diluted ..."
2. 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, to 1.2 per cent, in water. In burns, etc., it is used as a saturated aqueous ..."
3. 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 ..."
4. Pharmaceutical Journal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1868)
"This profound chemist showed that the true generator of picric acid was carbolic acid ; that in the action of nitric acid on the latter it formed three ..."
5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1893)
"The tests used were a saturated solution of plain picric acid—this was in every instance the test first applied to each specimen of urine examined;' ..."
6. 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 ..."
7. 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, ..."