aqua fortis


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aqua fortis

(äk`wə fôr`tĭs): see nitric acidnitric acid,
chemical compound, HNO3, colorless, highly corrosive, poisonous liquid that gives off choking red or yellow fumes in moist air. It is miscible with water in all proportions.
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It is notable that those vulgar distillers, who labour at the work of confecting aqua fortis of various kinds, carefully separate the phlegm from it, since according to their way of thinking this makes the aqua fortis stronger.
That's the stuff, boys, Aqua fortis,' while Uncle Tom's laugh came piercing its way up from the living room.
After the cleansing dip it was necessary to scrape or wash the dirt off before a quick plunge in aqua fortis, then buffed with an agate or bloodstone.