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Hydrochloric Acid (Overview)

Hydrochloric acid is a clear, colourless solution of hydrogen chloride (hcl) in water. It is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid.


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Why does medicine often have hydrochloric acid in it?

Why does medicine often have hydrochloric acid in it?

Salt: It is not hydrochloric acid per se but a salt of the medication, adding hcl makes the medication soluble in water which it may not be otherwise. ...Read more

Hydrochloric Acid (Overview)

Hydrochloric acid is a clear, colourless solution of hydrogen chloride (hcl) in water. It is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid.


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Got a little hydrochloric acid on my skin, is that bad?

How concentrated?: Concentrated hcl will cause a chemical burn. If you washed it immediately and it has not caused a burn, there is no need to worry. If it did cause a burn, it would depend on how deep the burn is, and how much of the skin is involved. If you have any concerns it would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hydrochloric acid?

See answer details.: Hydrochloric acid is a clear, colourless solution of hydrogen chloride (hcl) in water. It is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid. ...Read more

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Will anything happen if your skin comes in contact with hydrochloric acid?

Will anything happen if your skin comes in contact with hydrochloric acid?

Burns: Yes, hydrochloride acid is a strong acid and causes significant skin burns from even brief contact. Any area so contacted should be thoroughly and rapidly rinsed in cold water. If there is bleeding or blistering see a doctor of go to an emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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What do hydrochloric acid and pepsin do?

Digest food: Hydrochloric acid and pepsin are produced in the stomach and help in the digestion of food. Hydrochloric acid also kills most the bacteria that we swallow with food. ...Read more

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Where are hydrochloric acid and pepsin secreted?

Where are hydrochloric acid and pepsin secreted?

Stomach: Chief cells secrete pepsin and parietal or oxyntic cells secrete hydrochloric acid. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hydraulic acid the same as hydrochloric acid?

Why do you ask?: There's no such thing as hydraulic acid. Hydrochloric acid is a powerful reagent that you meet in chemistry class. Hyaluronic acid is a big molecule that provides a jelly-like material that's important for some of your connective tissues. ...Read more

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What function does the hydrochloric acid of our stomachs serve?

Digestion and anti-: Microbial. Acid facilitates digestion of foods. Stomach enzymes work better in acid environment. Acid also destroys most the organisms that we swallow with food and prevents countless intestinal infections. ...Read more

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Is there a way to increase amt of hydrochloric acid or bile I produce?

Is there a way to increase amt of hydrochloric acid or bile I produce?

Why?: Why would you want to do that? Excessive production of acid is a cause of peptic ulcers, and I do not know of any way to increase bile production. ...Read more

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