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- noun A water-soluble white or colorless crystalline compound, H3BO3, used as an antiseptic and preservative and in fireproofing compounds, cosmetics, ophthalmic solutions, cements, and enamels.
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- noun chemistry H3BO3; B(OH)3; a white
crystallinesolid, solublein hot waterto form a weakacid. Used as a mild antiseptic, flame retardant, insecticide, and in the manufacture of boraxand other borate salts.
- noun chemistry A
hydrateof boric oxide, specifically any of the three acids orthoboric acid, metaboric acid, or pyroboric acid.
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- noun any of various acids containing boron and oxygen
- noun a white or colorless slightly acid solid that is soluble in water and ethanol; used in the manufacture of glass and paper and adhesives and in detergents and as a flux in welding; also used as an antiseptic and food preservative
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