from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or containing selenium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to or containing selenium, especially in a higher oxidation state than the corresponding selenious compound

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to selenium; derived from, or containing, selenium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with selenious compounds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to selenium: as, selenic acid, H2SeO4.


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  • p 131 found incorporated with a‘rolites, imparts to them a peculiar, but not consequently, a 'selenic' character; for in other regions of space, and in other cosmical bodies besides our Moon, water may be wholly absent, and processes of oxydation of rare occurence.

    COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1

  • The whole thing is glorious fun, nineteenth-century science fiction, imagining a selenic ecosystem:

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  • The composition of aërolites may also be taken as indications of the common origin and elementary texture of the planets, whether they are independently formed or have originally pertained to a former planet; for no hypothesis of telluric or selenic origin yet advanced, can stand against the weight of evidence against it.

    Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms Containing the True Law of Lunar Influence

  • It is attacked only by boiling selenic acid which, as you must know, dissolves platinum readily.

    The Black Star Passes

  • It was not attacked by any acid except boiling selenic acid, since it formed a tremendous number of insoluble salts.

    The Black Star Passes

  • It has been discovered by scientists that there is a chemical difference between that sudden cold exudation of a person under a deep sense of guilt and the ordinary perspiration; and the state of the mind can sometimes be determined by chemical analysis of the perspiration of a criminal, which, when brought into contact with selenic acid, produces a distinctive pink color.

    In Tune with the Infinite or, Fullness of Peace, Power, and Plenty

  • This destroys any nitric acid that may be present, and reduces selenic acid (H_ {2} SeO_ {4}) to selenious

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.

  • If we suppose selenium to be merely modified sulphur, and phosphorus modified arsenic, how does it happen, we must inquire, that sulphuric acid and selenic acid, phosphoric and arsenic acid, respectively form compounds which it is impossible to distinguish by their form and solubility?

    Familiar Letters on Chemistry

  • Chladni on meteoric stones, etc., 118, 135; on the selenic origin of aerolites, 121; on the supposed phenomenon of ascending shooting stars, 122; on the obscuration of the Sun's disk, 133; sound-figures, 135; pulsations in the tails of comets, 143.

    COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1

  • If we examine the whole sphere of relations which I have touched upon in this work, in order to escape the charge of having made unproved assertions, we shall find that the hypothesis of the selenic origin of meteoric stones* depends upon a number of conditions

    COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1


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