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corrosive

 [kŏ-ro´siv]
having a caustic and locally destructive effect; an agent having such effects.

cor·ro·sive

(kŏ-rō'siv),
1. Causing corrosion.
2. An agent that produces corrosion, for example, a strong acid or alkali.

corrosive

/cor·ro·sive/ (kor-o´siv) producing gradual destruction, as of a metal by electrochemical reaction or of the tissues by the action of a strong acid or alkali; an agent that so acts.

corrosive

[kərō′siv]
Etymology: L, corrodere, to gnaw away
1 adj, eating away a substance or tissue, especially by chemical action.
2 n, an agent or substance that eats away a substance or tissue. corrode, v., corrosion, n.

cor·ro·sive

(kŏr-ō'siv)
1. Causing corrosion.
2. An agent that produces corrosion (e.g., a strong acid or alkali).

corrosive

having a caustic and locally destructive effect; an agent having such effects.

corrosive sublimate
mercuric chloride; oldfashioned use as caustic, disinfectant, antiseptic. Called also mercury bichloride.
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In the second moment, pedagogic authority is experienced as the shaming of a reflexive, and hence modern, self (Braithwaite 1989) - `shame eats at the roots of trust more corrosively than guilt' (Giddens 1991: 65).
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