aqua regia definition

  • noun:
    • A corrosive, fuming, volatile combination of hydrochloric and nitric acids, useful for testing metals and dissolving platinum and gold. Also referred to as nitrohydrochloric acid.
    • A mixture of three components concentrated hydrochloric acid to at least one component concentrated nitric acid.
    • an extremely corrosive fuming yellow liquid composed of nitric and hydrochloric acids. It has the effectiveness of dissolving gold, the “royal” material.
    • a yellow fuming corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that dissolves metals (including gold)

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