Definition of universal indicator in English:

universal indicator


mass nounChemistry
  • A mixture of dyes that changes colour gradually over a range of pH and is used (especially as indicator paper) in testing for acids and alkalis.

    • ‘The easiest universal indicator to prepare is red cabbage juice.’
    • ‘The groups are regular acid-base indicators, mixed indicators, screened indicators, universal indicators, pH sticks, litmus paper (embedded in gel or litmus in a gel), natural food indicators, fluorescent indicators, luminescent indicators, irreversible indicators and a miscellaneous group.’


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