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lunar caustic


silver nitrate fused into sticks and formerly used as a caustic


substance noun (substance and materials)


lunar caustics

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


obsolete luna silver, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, moon
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


Silver nitrate | Nitric acid silver(1+) salt [synonym] | AgNO3 [chemical formula]

an inorganic compound with chemical formula AgNO3. This compound is a versatile precursor to many other silver compounds, such as those used in photography. It's far less sensitive to light than the halides. It was once called lunar caustic ... (39 of 3659 words, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

lunar caustic

silver nitrate fused into sticks, which were formerly used in cauterizing (11 of 186 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

silver nitrate | lunar caustic | AgNO3 [chemical formula]

chemical compound, ..., a colorless crystalline material that is very soluble in water. The most important compound of silver, it's used in the ... (23 of 106 words, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

lunar caustic

Syllabification: (lu·nar caus·tic) | [chemistry, archaic] | silver nitrate, especially fused in the form of a stick. (15 of 45 words, 3 definitions)

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lunar caustic [chemistry, archaic]

silver nitrate, especially fused in the form of a stick (10 of 43 words)



lunar caustic

silver nitrate especially when fused and molded into sticks for use as a caustic (14 of 37 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

lunar caustic [medicine, chemistry] | AgNO3 [chemical formula]

silver nitrate especially in a sticklike mold, used to cauterize tissues. (11 of 16 words)


American Heritage Dictionary:

lunar caustic

Silver nitrate in the form of sticks used in cauterization. (10 of 13 words)


New World Dictionary:

lunar caustic

fused silver nitrate, used in medicine for cauterizing (8 of 10 words)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

silver nitrate [chemical compound]

caustic chemical reagent and compound, important as an antiseptic, in the industrial preparation of other silver salts, and as a reagent in analytical ... (23 of 319 words, 1 image)



silver nitrate [inorganic chemistry] | AgNO3 [chemical formula]

The silver salt of nitric acid, AgNO3; it's sensitive to light and is used in the preparation of silver halides for photography; it's used in laboratories as a reagent to test for chloride (33 of 38 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

lunar caustic [archaic]

silver nitrate, especially when formed into small sticks (8 of 19 words)

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Etymology references


lunar caustic

First use: 1751

Origin: obsolete luna silver, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, moon

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lunar caustic

Oxford Dictionary:

lunar caustic

First use: early 19th century

Origin: lunar in the sense "containing silver"

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