spirit of tin
Stannic Stan"nic (-n[i^]k), a. [L. stannum tin: cf. F. stannique.] (Chem.) Of or pertaining to tin; derived from or containing tin; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with {stannous} compounds. [1913 Webster]

{Stannic acid}. (a) A hypothetical substance, {Sn(OH)4}, analogous to silicic acid, and called also {normal stannic acid}. (b) Metastannic acid.

{Stannic chloride}, a thin, colorless, fuming liquid, {SnCl4}, used as a mordant in calico printing and dyeing; -- formerly called {spirit of tin}, or {fuming liquor of Libavius}.

{Stannic oxide}, tin oxide, {SnO2}, produced artificially as a white amorphous powder, and occurring naturally in the mineral cassiterite. It is used in the manufacture of white enamels, and, under the name of {putty powder}, for polishing glass, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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