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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Hydrochloric  \Hy`dro*chlo"ric\,  a.  [Hydro-,  2  +  chloric:  cf  F. 
  hydrochlorique.]  (Chem.) 
  Pertaining  to  or  compounded  of  chlorine  and  hydrogen  gas; 
  as  hydrochloric  acid;  chlorhydric. 
  {Hydrochloric  acid}  (Chem.),  hydrogen  chloride;  a  colorless, 
  corrosive  gas,  {HCl},  of  pungent,  suffocating  odor.  It  is 
  made  in  great  quantities  in  the  soda  process,  by  the 
  action  of  sulphuric  acid  on  common  salt.  It  has  a  great 
  affinity  for  water,  and  the  commercial  article  is  a  strong 
  solution  of  the  gas  in  water.  It  is  a  typical  acid,  and  is 
  an  indispensable  agent  in  commercial  and  general  chemical 
  work  Called  also  {muriatic,  &  chlorhydric,  acid}.