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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or containing tin, especially with valence 4.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to tin; procured from tin: specifically applied to those compounds in which tin appears as a quadrivalent atom: as, stannic acid, SnO(OH)2, a hydrate obtained from stannous oxid, which unites with bases to form salts called stannates.

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

  • adjective (Chem.) Of or pertaining to tin; derived from or containing tin; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with stannous compounds.
  • adjective Metastannic acid.
  • adjective a thin, colorless, fuming liquid, SnCl4, used as a mordant in calico printing and dyeing; -- formerly called spirit of tin, or fuming liquor of Libavius.
  • adjective tin oxide, SnO2, produced artificially as a white amorphous powder, and occurring naturally in the mineral cassiterite. It is used in the manufacture of white enamels, and, under the name of putty powder, for polishing glass, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective chemistry Containing tetravalent tin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to or containing tin

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin stannum, tin (from Latin, an alloy of silver and lead, alteration of stagnum, probably of Celtic origin) + –ic.]

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