Aqua Fortis

Chris Jackson

Henlow, United Kingdom

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Aqua fortis, or “strong water,” in alchemy, is a solution of nitric acid (HNO3) in water. Being highly corrosive, the solution was used for dissolving silver and most other metals with the notable exception of gold. To Chemists Aqua fortis is more commonly known as nitric acid and is used in the production of fertilisers, explosives and rocket fuel.

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