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What is the difference between nitric acid and nitrous acid?

Question #123139. Asked by romeo4u.

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Nitrous acid (HNO2) is a weak and monobasic acid known only in solution and in the form of nitrite salts.


Nitric acid (HNO3), also known as aqua fortis and spirit of nitre, is a highly corrosive and toxic strong acid. When combined with an alkali, it forms nitrate salts.


Aug 18 2011, 10:25 PM
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That, and one oxygen atom.

Aug 18 2011, 10:36 PM
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