silver nitrate

silver nitrate n an irritant compound AgNO3 that in contact with organic matter turns black and is used as a chemical reagent, in photography, and in medicine esp. as an antiseptic and caustic

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a salt of silver with astringent, caustic, and disinfectant properties. Available as a stick, it is used mainly to destroy warts. Application discolours the skin bluish-black.

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[USP] a powerful germicide, AgNO3, used as an antiseptic, applied topically to the conjunctiva as a prophylactic against ophthalmia neonatorum, and also used as an antiseptic and astringent, especially in infections of the skin and mucous membranes. It has also been used to purify drinking water.

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  • Silver nitrate — Silver nitrate …   Wikipedia

  • silver nitrate — Nitrate Ni trate, n. [Cf. F. nitrate.] (Chem.) A salt of nitric acid. [1913 Webster] {Nitrate of silver}, a white crystalline salt ({AgNO3}), used in photography and as a cauterizing agent; called also {lunar caustic}, and more commonly called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silver nitrate — n. a colorless, crystalline salt, AgNO3, prepared by dissolving silver in dilute nitric acid and used in silver plating and photography, as an antiseptic, etc …   English World dictionary

  • silver nitrate — Chem., Pharm. a white, crystalline, water soluble, bitter, corrosive, poisonous powder, AgNO3, produced by the reaction of silver and dilute nitric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of photographic emulsions and mirrors, as a laboratory… …   Universalium

  • silver nitrate — sidabro nitratas statusas T sritis chemija formulė AgNO₃ atitikmenys: angl. silver nitrate rus. серебра нитрат; серебро азотнокислое ryšiai: sinonimas – sidabro trioksonitratas …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • silver nitrate — noun a nitrate used in making photographic emulsions; also used in medicine as a cautery and as a topical antibacterial agent • Hypernyms: ↑nitrate, ↑caustic • Hyponyms: ↑lunar caustic • Substance Holonyms: ↑emulsion, ↑photographic emul …   Useful english dictionary

  • silver nitrate — noun The silver salt of nitric acid, AgNO; it is sensitive to light and is used in the preparation of silver halides for photography; it is used in laboratories as a reagent to test for chloride …   Wiktionary

  • silver nitrate — a salt of silver with astringent, caustic, and disinfectant properties. Available as a stick, it is used to destroy warts. Application discolours the skin bluish black. Trade names: AVOCA …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • silver nitrate — /sɪlvə ˈnaɪtreɪt/ (say silvuh nuytrayt) noun a salt, AgNO3, obtained by treating silver with nitric acid, and appearing in commerce as colourless crystals or white fused or moulded masses …   Australian English dictionary

  • silver nitrate — noun Date: 1869 an irritant compound AgNO3 that in contact with organic matter turns black and is used as a chemical reagent, in photography, and in medicine especially as an antiseptic and caustic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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