pyrophosphoric acid

An anhydride of phosphoric acid obtained by heating phosphoric acid to 213°C; it forms pyrophosphates with bases, and its esters are important in energy metabolism and in biosynthesis.

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py·ro·phos·pho·ric acid -fäs-.fȯr-ik-, -.fär-; -.fäs-f(ə-)rik- n a crystalline acid H4P2O7 that is formed when orthophosphoric acid is heated or that is prepared in the form of salts by heating acid salts of orthophosphoric acid

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py·ro·phos·pho·ric ac·id (pi″ro-fos-forґik) the ester-linked dimeric form of phosphoric acid, H4P2O7. See also phosphoric acid.

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  • pyrophosphoric acid — [pī΄rə fäs fôr′ik] n. [ PYRO + PHOSPHORIC] a viscous liquid acid, H4P2O7, which crystallizes when left standing at ordinary temperatures and is easily converted to orthophosphoric acid upon dilution with water …   English World dictionary

  • Pyrophosphoric acid — Chembox new ImageFile = Pyrophosphoric acid 2D.png ImageName = Chemical structure of pyrophosphoric acid ImageFile1 = Pyrophosphoric acid 3D vdW.png ImageName1 = 3D model of pyrophosphoric acid IUPACName = diphosphoric acid μ oxido… …   Wikipedia

  • pyrophosphoric acid — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1832 a crystalline acid H4P2O7 formed when orthophosphoric acid is heated or prepared in the form of salts by heating acid salts of orthophosphoric acid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pyrophosphoric acid — noun a) A syrupy liquid formed by the dehydration of phosphoric acid; its salts, the pyrophosphates, are used in medicine. b) The acid formed by removing a molecule of water from two molecules of phosphoric acid, HPO; this reaction slowly reverse …   Wiktionary

  • pyrophosphoric acid — noun a solid acid formed by reactions of orthophosphoric acid • Hypernyms: ↑polyphosphoric acid …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyrophosphoric acid — /ˌpaɪroʊfɒsfɒrɪk ˈæsəd/ (say .puyrohfosforik asuhd) noun the acid H4P2O7, formed by the union of one molecule of phosphorus pentoxide with two molecules of water. It is a water soluble, crystalline powder …   Australian English dictionary

  • pyrophosphoric acid — /puy roh fos fawr ik, for , puy /, Chem. a crystalline, water soluble powder, H4P2O7, formed by the union of one molecule of phosphorus pentoxide with two molecules of water. [1865 70; PYRO + PHOSPHORIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • pyrophosphoric acid — py′ro•phos•phor′ic ac′id [[t]ˈpaɪ roʊ fɒsˈfɔr ɪk, ˈfɒr , ˌpaɪ [/t]] n. chem. a crystalline, water soluble powder, H4P2O7, used as a catalyst • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • pyrophosphoric — adjective of, or relating to pyrophosphoric acid or its derivatives …   Wiktionary

  • pyrophosphoric — adj. pertaining to pyrophosphoric acid (Chemistry) …   English contemporary dictionary

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