oxalic acid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oxalic acid a toxic colorless crystalline organic acid found in oxalis and other plants; used as a bleach and rust remover and in chemical analysis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oxalic acid (Chem) a dibasic acid (HO.CO.CO.OH), existing combined in oxalis as an acid potassium oxalate, and in many plant tissues as the calcium oxalate. It is prepared on a large scale, by the action of fused caustic soda or potash on sawdust, as a white crystalline substance, which has a strong acid taste, and is poisonous in large doses. It is used in dyeing, calico printing, bleaching flax and straw, the preparation of formic acid, and in salts of lemon for removing ink stains, mold, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

There was a bottle of oxalic acid on the table.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
Oxalic Acid Same as for nitric acid.
"The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé" by Harry Houdini
According to Taylor, the smallest quantity of oxalic acid causing death is one dram.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
But perhaps you want oxalic acid.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The titration is determined by means of iron, a salt of iron or oxalic acid.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882" by Various
To remove it, procure a solution of the chloride of lime, and apply it in the same manner as directed for the oxalic acid.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Oxalic acid is used for removing ink and rust stains, and remnants of mud stains, which do not yield to other deterrents.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
OXALIC ACID is frequently taken in mistake for Epsom salts, to which in shops it often bears a strong resemblance.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Copper is cleaned either with vinegar and salt mixed in equal parts, or with oxalic acid.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
Mr. Greenwood suggested oxalic acid.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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In news:

Most teak cleaners are not detergents - many contain strong acids or alkalis such as oxalic acid, potassium or sodium hydroxide, or hydrogen chloride in varying strengths designed to do the tough job of cleaning worn and weathered teak .
Rhubarb leaves do contain high levels of oxalic acid (also present in smaller quantities in spinach and Swiss chard).
Oxalic acid works miracles on poplar 's green heartwood.
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In science:

Figure 1: Raw atomic force micrograph of pore morphologies produced by anodization of an aluminum foil in oxalic acid.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
Figure 3: Raw atomic force micrograph of pore morphologies produced by anodization of an aluminum foil in oxalic acid.
A Self Assembled Nanoelectronic Quantum Computer Based on the Rashba Effect in Quantum Dots
Fig. 3 shows a raw atomic force micrograph of pores formed by anodizing in oxalic acid.
A Self Assembled Nanoelectronic Quantum Computer Based on the Rashba Effect in Quantum Dots
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