formic acid
An organic acid naturally occurring in some hymenopteran insects.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Formic acid — Formic acid …   Wikipedia

  • Formic acid — Formic For mic, a. [L. formica an ant: cf. F. formique.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, ants; as, formic acid; in an extended sense, pertaining to, or derived from, formic acid; as, formic ether. [1913 Webster] {Amido formic acid},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • formic acid — ► NOUN Chemistry ▪ an irritant acid present in the fluid emitted by some ants. ORIGIN formic from Latin formica ant …   English terms dictionary

  • formic acid — Chem., Pharm. a colorless, irritating, fuming, water soluble liquid, CH2O2, originally obtained from ants and now manufactured synthetically, used in dyeing and tanning and in medicine chiefly as a counterirritant and astringent. [1785 95] * * *… …   Universalium

  • formic acid — HCOOH; the smallest carboxylic acid; a strong caustic, used as an astringent and counterirritant. * * * formic acid n a colorless pungent fuming vesicant liquid acid CH2O2 found esp. in ants and in many plants and used chiefly in dyeing and… …   Medical dictionary

  • Formic acid — Strukturformel Allgemeines Name Ameisensäure Andere Namen Formylsäure Formalinsäure …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • formic acid — skruzdžių rūgštis statusas T sritis chemija formulė HCOOH atitikmenys: angl. formic acid rus. муравьиная кислота ryšiai: sinonimas – metano rūgštis …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • formic acid — [ fɔ:mɪk] noun Chemistry an irritant volatile organic acid present in the fluid emitted by some ants; methanoic acid. [HCOOH.] Origin C18: formic from L. formica ant …   English new terms dictionary

  • formic acid — noun The simplest carboxylic acid, HCOOH, a colourless, corrosive liquid with a sharp odour; it is present in the stings of ants, bees and nettles, and is prepared industrially by the oxidation of …   Wiktionary

  • formic acid — n. a colourless irritant volatile acid (HCOOH) contained in the fluid emitted by some ants. Also called METHANOIC ACID. Derivatives: formate n. Etymology: L formica ant …   Useful english dictionary

  • formic acid — noun Etymology: irregular from Latin formica ant more at pismire Date: 1790 a colorless pungent fuming vesicant liquid acid CH2O2 found especially in ants and in many plants and used chiefly in dyeing and finishing textiles …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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