Nitric Acid

Nitric Acid Chemical formula

💊 Chemical information

Acide nitrique; Acidum nitricum; Acidum Nitricum 70%; Aqua Fortis; Azotic Acid; Kwas azotowy; Kyselina dusičná 70%; Nit. Acid; Nitrato ru _ gštis; Nítrico, ácido; Salétromsav; Salpetersäure; Salpetersyra; Typpihappo.
Chemical formula: HNO3 = 63.01.
CAS — 7697-37-2.


In Eur. (68 to 70%). Also in USNF (69 to 71%).

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Nitric Acid). A clear, colourless to almost colourless liquid. Miscible with water. It contains 68.0 to 70.0% w/w of HNO 3 . Protect from light.


(Nitric Acid). A highly corrosive fuming liquid, having a characteristic, highly irritating odour. It contains 69.0 to 71.0% w/w of HNO 3 . Store in airtight containers.

💊 Adverse Effects and Treatment

As for Hydrochloric Acid. There may be methaemoglobinaemia. Nitric acid stains the skin yellow.

Effects on the respiratory system.

Respiratory failure due to pulmonary oedema occurred in a 56-year-old man after inhaling nitric acid which he had used as a metal cleaner.1 The man died despite extensive ventilatory support.
1. Bur A, et al. Fatal pulmonary edema after nitric acid inhalation. Resuscitation 1997; 35: 33–6.

💊 Uses and Administration

Nitric acid has a powerful corrosive action and has been used to remove warts, but it should be applied with caution, and less corrosive substances are available. It has also been used for the removal of tattoos.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Cz.: Solcogyn†; Ger.: Solco-Derman; Hong Kong: Solcoderm; Malaysia: Solcoderm†; Pol.: Solcogyn; Rus.: Solcoderm (Солкодерм); Solcovagin (Солковагин); Switz.: Solcoderm; Solcogyn.
Published May 08, 2019.