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[sahy-uh-noh-jen-ik, sahy-an-uh-] /ˌsaɪ ə noʊˈdʒɛn ɪk, saɪˌæn ə-/
adjective, Biology, Chemistry
capable of producing hydrogen cyanide.
Also, cyanogenetic
[sahy-uh-noh-juh-net-ik, sahy-an-oh-] /ˌsaɪ ə noʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, saɪˌæn oʊ-/ (Show IPA)
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cyanogenesis, noun Unabridged
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  • Convergent evolution in biosynthesis of cyanogenic defence compounds in plants and insects.
  • No cyanogenic precursor was isolated and little concentration of cyanide was obtained.
  • The results were compared to those reported in the literature for cyanogenic glycoside containing seeds.
  • They are found in several plant species as cyanogenic glycosides and are produced by certain bacteria, fungi, and algae.

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