Why does your skin turns yellow when nitric acid falls on skin ?

Asked by Madhurima | 3rd Dec, 2013, 03:16: PM

Expert Answer:

Proteins and amino acids that contain phenyl rings form a yellow colored compound when treated with concentrated nitric acid. The yellow stains on the skin are caused due to the reaction of nitric acid with protein keratin present in the skin. This reaction is called xanthoproteic reaction.

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 3rd Dec, 2013, 03:27: PM

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