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from The Century Dictionary.

  • In chem., pertaining to or obtained from osmium: as, osmic acid (H2OsO4).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Chem.) Pertaining to, derived from, or containing, osmium; specifically, designating those compounds in which it has a valence higher than in other lower compounds.
  • adjective (Chem.), [Obs.] Osmic acid proper, an acid analogous to sulphuric acid, not known in the free state, but forming a well-known and stable series of salts (osmates), which were formerly improperly called osmites.
  • adjective (Chem.) a white volatile crystalline substance, OsO4, the most stable and characteristic of the compounds of osmium. It has a burning taste, and gives off a vapor, which is a powerful irritant poison, violently attacking the eyes, and emitting a strong chlorinelike odor. Formerly improperly called osmic acid.

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  • adjective chemistry, obsolete Pertaining to, derived from, or containing, osmium; specifically, designating those compounds in which it has a higher valence.

Etymologies

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osmium +‎ -ic

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