MadSci Network: Chemistry

Re: What is the origin of the word 'acid'?

Date: Mon Oct 16 10:55:43 2000
Posted By: Michael Onken, Admin, MadSci Network
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 971654453.Ch

Acid comes directly from the Latin acidus, which means sour. The word "sour" is of the same origin as the German saur, which also means "acid". They are all words for the taste generated by low pH.

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