Dictionary > Fluosilicate


noun, plural: fluosilicates
A salt of fluosilicic acid
A fluosilicate refers to any salts of fluosilicic acid. It is also defined as a salt containing the anion SiF62- derived from fluosilicic acid (also called hexafluorosilicic acid). The hexafluorosilicic acid is an inorganic compound with a chemical formula of (H3O)2SiF6. It is a colorless liquid with a sour taste and a pungent smell. It occurs naturally (in volcanoes) and artificially, especially for industrial purposes.
An example of a salt derived from fluosilicic acid is sodium fluosilicate. It is also called sodium hexafluorosilicate. It has a chemical formula of Na2 SiF6. One way of producing sodium fluosilicate is by neutralizing fluosilicic acid with sodium chloride. This compound is used as additives for water fluoridation, as an antiseptic, and as deodorant.
Another example is ammonium fluosilicate (also called ammonium fluorosilicate). It has a chemical formula of (NH4)2SiF6. It occurs naturally as bararite. It occurs at the fumaroles of volcanoes and in burning piles of anthracite. Ammonium fluosilicate is synthesized for use as a disinfectant, metal casting, and electroplating.
Fluosilicic acid and the salts derived from it are all toxic compounds and poisonous.1
See also:


1 Wiberg, E., Wiberg, N., and Holleman, A.F. (2001). Inorganic chemistry. Academic Press, San Diego.

You will also like...

An artistic depiction of a human embryo
Growth and Development of a Human Baby

Upon fertilization, a zygote forms and develops into an embryo. This tutorial elaborates on the growth and development f..

The Human Physiology
The Human Physiology

Physiology is the study of how living organisms function. Thus, human physiology deals specifically with the physiologic..

Genetic Mutations
Chromosome Mutations – II

This tutorial is a continuation of the first lesson on chromosomal mutation. Here, find out the chromosomal aberrations ..

Adaptive Radiation
Adaptive Radiation

The diversification of several new species from a recent ancestral source, each adapted to utilize or occupy a vacant ad..

Balanced Diet
A Balanced Diet – Minerals and Proteins

Proteins and minerals can be derived from various dietary sources. They are essential for the proper growth and developm..

Chemical effects on plant growth and development
Effect of Chemicals on Growth & Development in Organisms

Plants and animals need elements, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium for proper growth and developme..