One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A salt, typically red or orange, containing the anion Cr₂O₇²⁻‘potassium dichromate’
- ‘The breath sample is bubbled in one vial through a mixture of sulfuric acid, potassium dichromate, silver nitrate and water.’
- ‘Common oxidants include the halogens (especially fluorine and chlorine), oxygen, ozone, potassium permanganate, potassium dichromate, nitric acid, and concentrated sulfuric acid.’
- ‘Certain salts, such as the dichromates, borates, and silicates, act as inhibitors to the aqueous corrosion of zinc.’
- ‘Potassium dichromate is an oxidizer and therefore presents a fire hazard.’
- ‘The most regularly employed oxidizing agent for this set of reactions is a mixture called chromic acid, a mixture of sodium or potassium dichromate and sulfuric acid.’
Mid 19th century: from di- ‘two’ + chromate.
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