from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given by Dr. Emmens of New York, in 1888, to a substance which he assumed to be a new organic acid, but which in fact was merely picric acid or Trinitrophenol crystallized from solution in strong nitric acid and perhaps retaining a little of the latter. Also Emmens's acid.


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