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ˈfɛr ɪkfer·ric

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ferric, ferrousadjective

    of or relating to or containing iron


  1. ferricadjective

    Pertaining to, derived from, or containing iron.

  2. ferricadjective

    Of compounds of iron in which it has a valence or oxidation number of 3

  3. Etymology: From ferricus, from ferrum


  1. ferric

    Ferric refers to iron with a valency of three, often denoted as Fe3+. This is the form of iron typically found in compounds such as ferric chloride or ferric sulfate. It indicates that iron, in the ferric state, has lost three electrons and acquired a positive charge. Ferric compounds are often reddish-brown and can be used in a variety of applications, including water purification and pigments in ceramics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ferricadjective

    pertaining to, derived from, or containing iron. Specifically (Chem.), denoting those compounds in which iron has a higher valence than in the ferrous compounds; as, ferric oxide; ferric acid

  2. Etymology: [L. ferrum iron: cf. F. ferrique. See Ferrous.]


  1. Ferric

    Ferric refers to iron-containing materials or compounds. In chemistry the term is reserved for iron with an oxidation number of +3, also denoted iron or Fe3+. On the other hand, ferrous refers to iron with oxidation number of +2, denoted iron or Fe2+. Iron is usually the most stable form of iron in air, as illustrated by the pervasiveness of rust, an insoluble iron-containing material.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ferric

    fer′ik, adj. pertaining to or obtained from iron: noting an acid compounded of iron and oxygen.—ns. Ferr′ate, a salt formed by the union of ferric acid with a base; Ferrocyanogen (fer-o-sī-an′ō-jen), a compound radical supposed by chemists to exist in ferrocyanic acid and the ferrocyanides, the chief of which is potassium ferrocyanide, yielding Prussian blue; Ferr′otype, a photographic process in which the negative was developed by a saturated solution of protosulphate of iron. [L. ferrum, iron.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferric in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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