Corrosive substances are materials that have the ability to cause damage or destruction to other materials, typically through a chemical reaction called corrosion. When a corrosives comes into contact with another material, it can eat away or deteriorate that material over time.
Corrosive substances usually have acidic or alkaline properties. Acids, such as sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid, are commonly corrosive. They can react with metals, causing them to rust or dissolve. Alkalis, such as sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, are also corrosive and can damage materials by breaking down their chemical structure.
Corrosive substances can be harmful to living tissues as well. If they come into contact with the skin, eyes, or respiratory system, they can cause burns, tissue damage, or other injuries.
It’s important to handle, transport and store corrosive substances with care, using appropriate safety precautions and protective equipment, as they can pose significant risks to both materials and human health.
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