This section is from the book "The Home Cyclopedia Of General Information", by Charles Morris. Also available from Amazon: Home Cyclopedia of Necessary Knowledge.
[Fr. from Gk. kaiein, to burn.] A substance that burns the flesh. Caustic lime is slaked lime, also quicklime. Caustic potash and soda are the hydroxides, Caustic silver or lunar caustic is nitrate of silver.
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