Meaning of “carbonic acid” in the English Dictionary

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"carbonic acid" in British English

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carbonic acidnoun [ U ]

uk /kɑːˌbɒn.ɪk ˈæs.ɪd/ us /kɑːrˌbɑː.nɪk ˈæs.ɪd/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Air once breathed has lost the chief part of its oxygen, and acquired a proportionate increase of carbonic acid gas. 
  • If it precipitates on adding lime water, it is carbonic acid. 
  • The bicarbonate is decomposed, pure carbonic acid being given off. 
  • This sweet cider ferments, and the sugar part of it changes into carbonic acid gas and alcohol. 
  • Thus air which has been breathed has lost about five per cent. of oxygen and has gained nearly five per cent. of carbonic acid. 

(Definition of “carbonic acid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carbonic acid" in American English

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carbonic acidnoun [ U ]

/kɑrˈbɑn·ɪk ˈæs·ɪd/

chemistry a weak acid made of carbon dioxide (= a gas) mixed with water

(Definition of “carbonic acid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)