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Which acid was initially called 'oil of vitriol'?


A
H2SO4
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B
HNO3
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C
NH3
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D
None of the above
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Solution

The correct option is A $$H_2SO_4$$
Sulfuric acid was initially called 'oil of vitriol' by medieval European alchemists because it was prepared by roasting "green vitriol" (iron (II) sulfate) in an iron retort.

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