Formic-acid meaning

A colorless caustic fuming liquid, CH2 O2 , used in dyeing and finishing textiles and paper and in manufacturing fumigants, insecticides, and refrigerants.
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A colorless, caustic, fuming liquid that occurs naturally as the poison of ants and stinging nettles. It is used in making textiles and paper and in insecticides. Formic acid is the simplest organic acid, containing a carboxyl (COOH) group attached to a hydrogen atom. Chemical formula: CH2O2.
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(organic chemistry) 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 methanol or formaldehyde; it has some industrial uses, and its esters, the formates are used in perfumes.
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Origin of formic-acid

  • From its natural occurrence in ants
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition