cor·ro·sive /-ˈrosɪv, zɪv/
cor·ro·sive /-ˈrosɪv, zɪv/ 形容詞
1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. “Corrosive liquors.” --Grew. “Corrosive famine.” --Thomson.
2. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
Care is no cure, but corrosive. --Shak.
Corrosive sublimate Chem., mercuric chloride, HgCl2; so called because obtained by sublimation, and because of its harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is in the form of a heavy, transparent, crystalline substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste. It is a virulent poison, a powerful antiseptic, and an excellent antisyphilitic; called also mercuric bichloride. It is to be carefully distinguished from calomel, the mild chloride of mercury.
1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.
[Corrosives] act either directly, by chemically destroying the part, or indirectly by causing inflammation and gangrene. --Dunglison.
2. That which has the power of fretting or irritating.
Such speeches . . . are grievous corrosives. --Hooker.
-- Cor*ro*sive*ly, adv. -- Cor*ro*sive*ness, n.
adj : of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of
destroying or eating away by chemical action [syn: caustic,
n : a substance having the tendency to cause corrosion (such a
strong acids or alkali)