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aqua for·tis

also aq·ua·for·tis  (ăk′wə-fôr′tĭs, ä′kwə-)
[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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ni′tric ac′id

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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Aqua fortis

Nitric acid.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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