Fluosilicic Acid

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fluosilicic acid

[¦flü·ə·sə′lis·ik ′as·əd]
(inorganic chemistry)
H2SiF6 A colorless acid, soluble in water, which attacks glass and stoneware; highly corrosive and toxic; used in water fluoridation and electroplating. Also known as hydrofluorosilicic acid; hydrofluosilicic acid.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Fluosilicic Acid


H2SiF6, a strong inorganic acid. It can exist only in an aqueous solution; in the free state it decomposes into silicon tetrafluoride, SiF4, and hydrogen fluoride, HF. Fluosilicic acid is a powerful disinfectant, but it is primarily used in the preparation of its salts (fluosilicates).

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