hydrochloric acid

HCI is a Muriatic acid BY; Yesica Pacheco

what is hydrochloric acid

a clear, colorless, highly pungent solution of Hydrogen chloride (HCI) in water. It is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid.With major production starting in the industrial revolution. Hydrochloric acid has many uses. It is used in the production of chlorides, fertilizers, and dyes, in electroplating, and in the photographic, textile, and rubber industries. Hydrochloric acid is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure may cause eye, nose, and respiratory tract irritation and inflammation and pulmonary edema in humans. Acute oral exposure may cause corrosion of the mucous membranes, esophagus, and stomach and dermal contact may produce severe burns, ulceration, and scarring in humans.

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Asimov, Isaac. "Acids." Asimov's Chronology of Science & Discovery, Updated ed. Isaac Asimov. New York: HarperCollins, 1994. 266. General Science Collection. Web. 9 Dec. 2013.