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Definition of -OUS
What does -OUS mean?
- Used to form adjectives from nouns.
- synonym: -ness
- [chemistry] Used in chemical nomenclature to name chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a lower oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ic. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3). See Inorganic nomenclature.
- synonym: -hood
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by Cyril George Hopkins
When an iron atom uses three hands, it is called -ic iron, but if it uses only two hands it is called -ous iron. Thus we have the ferrous chlorid (FeCL,) and ferric chlorid (FeCl8) ; also ferrous oxid (FeO) and ferric oxid (Fe2O8). Likewise, when ...
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