Etymology
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nitric (adj.)

"of, pertaining to, or derived from nitre," 1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see nitre + -ic. Perhaps immediately from French nitrique. The acid was known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

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Definitions of nitric

nitric (adj.)
of or containing nitrogen;
nitric acid
Synonyms: azotic / nitrous
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