picric acid

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pic·ric acid

A poisonous, explosive yellow crystalline solid, C6H3N3O7, used in explosives, dyes, and for etching copper.

picric acid

(Elements & Compounds) a toxic sparingly soluble crystalline yellow acid used as a dye, antiseptic, and explosive. Formula: C6H2OH(NO2)3. Systematic name: 2,4,6-trinitrophenol See also lyddite

pic′ric ac′id

(ˈpɪk rɪk)
a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, intensely bitter, poisonous acid, C6H3N3O7, used chiefly in explosives.
[1850–55; < Greek pikr(ós) bitter + -ic]
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Noun1.picric acid - a yellow toxic highly explosive strong acid; used in high explosives and as a dye and in chemical reactions
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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