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aqua for·tisalso aq·ua·for·tis (ăk′wə-fôr′tĭs, ä′kwə-)
See nitric acid.
[New Latin : Latin aqua, water + Latin fortis, strong.]
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aqua fortis(ˈfɔːtɪs) or
(Elements & Compounds) an obsolete name for nitric acid
[C17: from Latin, literally: strong water]
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a colorless or yellowish, fuming, suffocating, caustic, water-soluble liquid, HNO3, used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives and fertilizers and in organic synthesis.
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|Noun||1.||aqua 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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