[az-ahyd, -id, ey-zahyd, ey-zid]
noun Chemistry.
any compound containing the azido group, as sodium azide, NaN 3 .

az- + -ide Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To azide
World English Dictionary
azide (ˈeɪzaɪd)
1.  any compound containing the monovalent group --N3 or the monovalent ion N3--
2.  (modifier) consisting of, containing, or concerned with the group --N3 or the ion N3--: azide group or radical

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


any of a class of chemical compounds containing three nitrogen atoms as a group, represented as (-N3). Azides are considered as derived from hydrazoic acid (HN3), an inorganic salt such as sodium azide (NaN3), or an organic derivative in which the hydrogen atom of hydrazoic acid is replaced by a hydrocarbon group as in alkyl or aryl azide (RN3), or by an acyl (carboxylic acid) group as in acyl azide.

Learn more about azide with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Existing bags are inflated by detonating a charge made of sodium azide.
The purple objects are azide-labeled peptides representing half of the structure of the resulting agent.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature