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What is pure boric acid?

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Pure boric acid is a powder commonly used as a disinfectant or insecticide. It is found in the pharmacy section of stores. It is a mild acid with the chemical formula H3BO3.

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Boric acid is also referred to as boracic acid, orthoboric acid and Acidum Boricum.

Boric acid has a formula mass of 61.83, a melting point of 365 degrees Fahrenheit and a decomposition point of 572 degrees Fahrenheit. It is soluble in water at 49 grams per liter. The versatile mild acid has applications in many activities, including wood weatherproofing, LCD flat-panel glass display and photography. It is also used in nuclear power plants to slow the fission rate of uranium.

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