aqua fortis


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Related to aqua fortis: terra alba, aqua regia, aqua vitae, Aqua vitæ

aqua for·tis

also aq·ua·for·tis  (ăk′wə-fôr′tĭs, ä′kwə-)
[New Latin : Latin aqua, water + Latin fortis, strong.]

aqua fortis

(ˈfɔːtɪs) or

aquafortis

n
(Elements & Compounds) an obsolete name for nitric acid
[C17: from Latin, literally: strong water]

ni′tric ac′id


n.
a colorless or yellowish, fuming, suffocating, caustic, water-soluble liquid, HNO3, used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives and fertilizers and in organic synthesis.
[1790–1800]

Aqua fortis

Nitric acid.
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Noun1.Aqua fortis - acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuelsaqua fortis - acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuels
acid - any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
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Aqua fortis is the more common name for which dangerous chemical?
Which acid is sometimes called aqua fortis, the Latin for strong water?
p 101 Take four ounces of the best Asiatic nitre, ground to the finest powder; put it into a retort; pour on to it four ounces of rectified oil of vitriol; distil until the last vapour has been produced; it will come forth as the strongest aqua fortis: then take four ounces of roasted common salt; put it into a similar retort, pour on to it four ounces of rectified oil of vitriol; distil as before; which, when it comes forth, combined with the aforementioned aqua fortis, yields a most potent aqua regia.