Nitric acid is a highly corrosive mineral acid. The pure compound is colorless, but older samples tend to acquire a yellow cast due to decomposition into oxides of nitrogen and water.
Nitric Acid Uses
Nitric acid is often used as a pigment in inks and dyes, but it has many other industrial, and even pharmaceutical uses, including:
- Furniture coatings
- Cleaning agents for metals
- Drug testing