corrosive


corrosive
corrosively, adv.corrosiveness, corrosivity /kawr'oh siv"i tee, kor'-/, n.
/keuh roh"siv/, adj.
1. having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
2. harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
3. sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
n.
4. something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
[1350-1400; late ME ( < MF) < ML corrosivus, equiv. to L corros(us) (see CORROSION) + -ivus -IVE; r. ME corosif < MF < L as above]

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Universalium. 2010.

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