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caustic

 [kaws´tik]
1. burning or corrosive; destructive to tissue.
2. having a burning taste.
3. a corrosive or escharotic agent.

caus·tic

(kaws'tik),
1. Chemically exerting an effect resembling a burn.
2. An agent producing this effect.
3. Denoting a solution of a strong alkali; for example, caustic soda, NaOH.
Synonym(s): pyrotic (2)
[G. kaustikos, fr. kaiō, to burn]

caustic

/caus·tic/ (kaws´tik)
1. burning or corrosive; destructive to living tissues.
2. having a burning taste.
3. an escharotic or corrosive agent.

caustic

[kôs′tik]
Etymology: Gk, kaustikos, burning
1 n, any substance that is destructive to living tissue, such as silver nitrate, nitric acid, or sulfuric acid.
2 adj, exerting a burning or corrosive effect.

caus·tic

(kaws'tik)
1. Exerting an effect resembling a burn.
2. An agent producing this effect.
3. Denoting a solution of a strong alkali (e.g., caustic soda, NaOH).
[G. kaustikos, fr. kaiō, to burn]

caustic

Any chemical substance which corrodes and destroys bodily tissue.

caustic 

The concentration of light in the caustic surface of a bundle of converging light rays which represents the focal image in an optical system uncorrected for spherical aberration. It appears as a hollow luminous cusp with its apex at the paraxial focus.

caus·tic

(kaws'tik)
1. Chemically exerting an effect resembling a burn.
2. An agent producing this effect.
[G. kaustikos, fr. kaiō, to burn]

caustic

1. burning or corrosive; destructive to tissue.
2. having a burning taste.
3. a corrosive or escharotic agent.

caustic bush
sarcostemmaaustrale, S. viminale.
bottle tree caustic
caustic creeper
euphorbiadrummondii, sarcostemmaviminale.
lunar caustic
toughened silver nitrate.
caustic pencil
see silver nitrate (toughened).
caustic plant
sarcostemmaaustrale.
caustic potash
potassium hydroxide.
caustic soda
sodium hydroxide.
caustic treated grain
grain treated with caustic to improve its digestibility; can cause abomasal ulcer and interstitial nephritis in cattle.
caustic treated roughage
roughage treated with caustic to improve its digestibility; can cause interstitial nephritis when fed to cows over long periods.
caustic vine
sarcostemmaaustrale, S. viminale. Called also caustic bush.
caustic weed
euphorbiadrummondii.