Definition of sulfuric in US English:


(British sulphuric)


  • Containing sulfur or sulfuric acid.

    ‘the sulfuric byproducts of wood fires’
    • ‘Too much of one of the compounds may result in unwanted bitter, rancid, or sulfuric tastes.’
    • ‘It was a long day of walking, and the landscape was incredibly dry and barren, we saw no streams, no water at all once we left behind the sulphuric crater lakes.’
    • ‘His case was that chloroform was a safer form of anaesthetic than sulphuric ether, which had been tried out in Boston in 1846.’
    • ‘Hard coat anodizing should not be confused with sulfuric anodizing, which places a very thin coating of aluminum oxide on the surface of the aluminum surface.’
    • ‘A study conducted in 1998 revealed that the ocean beds were contaminated by organic matter and sulphuric compounds, likely to damage the seagrass beds, the main source of dugong food.’


See sulfur


Late 18th century: from French sulfurique, from Latin (as sulfur).