from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In chem., a halogen; an acid which does not contain oxygen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Chem.) An acid containing hydrogen; -- sometimes applied to distinguish acids like hydrochloric, hydrofluoric, and the like, which contain no oxygen, from the oxygen acids or oxacids. See
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- noun chemistry An
acidthat does not contain any oxygenas opposed to an oxyacid; they are all binary compoundsof hydrogenand a halogenor pseudohalogen.
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If for the oxacid a hydracid be substituted (927.), -- as one analogous to the muriatic, for instance, -- then the state of things changes altogether, and a current due to the chemical action of the acid on the base is possible.