Definition of nitric in English:

nitric

adjective

Chemistry
  • Of or containing nitrogen with a higher valency, often five.

    Compare with nitrous
    • ‘Aliquot of the plant material was digested with nitric sulphate.’
    • ‘These results indicate that if coronary dilatation after acupuncture stimulation at EH - 6 is caused by nitric monoxide, the effect would be localized to the coronary artery alone.’
    • ‘Previously described or merely postulated side effects of long-term iNO therapy such as bleeding complications, or increased levels of methemoglobin and/or nitric dioxide, were not found.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French ( acide) nitrique (see nitre, -ic).

Pronunciation:

nitric

/ˈnʌɪtrɪk/