(Cor*ro"di*ate) v. t. [See Corrode.] To eat away by degrees; to corrode. [Obs.] Sandys.
(Cor*ro`di*bil"i*ty) n. The quality of being corrodible. [R.] Johnson.
(Cor*rod"i*ble) a. Capable of being corroded; corrosible. Sir T. Browne.
(Cor*ro`si*bil"i*ty) n. Corrodibility. "Corrosibility . . . answers corrosiveness." Boyle.
(Cor*ro"si*ble) a. Corrodible. Bailey.
(Cor*ro"si*ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being corrosible. Bailey.
(Cor*ro"sion) n. [LL. corrosio: cf. F. corrosion. See Corrode.] The action or effect of corrosive
agents, or the process of corrosive change; as, the rusting of iron is a variety of corrosion.
Corrosion is a particular species of dissolution of bodies, either by an acid or a saline menstruum.
(Cor*ro"sive) a. [Cf. F. corrosif.]
1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance
of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. "Corrosive liquors." Grew. "Corrosive famine." Thomson.
2. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
Care is no cure, but corrosive. Corrosive sublimate (Chem.), mercuric chloride, HgCl2; so called because obtained by sublimation,
and because of its harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is in the form of a heavy, transparent,
crystalline substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste. It is a virulent poison, a powerful
antiseptic, and an excellent antisyphilitic; called also mercuric bichloride. It is to be carefully distinguished
from calomel, the mild chloride of mercury.
1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.
[Corrosives] act either directly, by chemically destroying the part, or indirectly by causing inflammation
2. That which has the power of fretting or irritating.
Such speeches . . . are grievous corrosives.
Cor*ro"sive*ly, adv. Cor*ro"sive*ness, n.
(Cor*ro"val) n. A dark brown substance of vegetable origin, allied to curare, and used by the
natives of New Granada as an arrow poison.
(Cor*ro"va*line) n. (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid extracted from corroval, and characterized
by its immediate action in paralyzing the heart.
(Cor"ru*gant) a. [L. corrugans, p. pr. See Corrugate.] Having the power of contracting
into wrinkles. Johnson.
(Cor"ru*gate) a. [L. corrugatus, p. p. of corrugare; cor-+ rugare to wrinkle, ruga wrinkle; of
uncertain origin.] Wrinkled; crumpled; furrowed; contracted into ridges and furrows.