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- a base that can react with four molecules of a monobasic acid to form a salt
- an alcohol having four OH groups per molecule
Origin: tetr(a)- plush acid
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- Capable of reacting with four molecules of a monobasic acid. Used of a base.
- Containing four replaceable hydrogen atoms. Used of an acid or acid salt.
An acid containing four replaceable hydrogen atoms.