Hydrofluoric acid


Hydrofluoric acid
Hydrofluoric Hy`dro*flu*or"ic, a. [Hydro-, 2 + fluoric.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or containing, hydrogen and fluorine; fluohydric; as, hydrofluoric acid. [1913 Webster]

{Hydrofluoric acid} (Chem.), a colorless, mobile, volatile liquid, {HF}, very corrosive in its action, and having a strong, pungent, suffocating odor. It is produced by the action of sulphuric acid on fluorite, and is usually collected as a solution in water. It attacks all silicates, as glass or porcelain, is the agent employed in etching glass, and is preserved only in vessels of platinum, lead, caoutchouc, or gutta-percha. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.