Purpuric-acid meaning

(chemistry) C8H5N5O6, a nitrogenous acid that yields alloxan and uramil when hydrolysed, known for its purple salts.
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Origin of purpuric-acid

  • Named by Dr W. H. Wollaston "from its remarkable property of forming compounds with most bases of a red or purple colour" (as reported by William Prout in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 108 in 1818, pages 420-428).

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