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hydrocyanic acid

noun
1.
a colorless, highly poisonous liquid, HCN, an aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide.
Also called prussic acid.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20
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Examples from the web for hydrocyanic acid
  • The toxic substance in chokecherry, hydrocyanic acid, is found principally in the leaves.
  • The seeds are toxic due to production of hydrocyanic acid in the leaves, stems and seeds.
  • The leaves can also contain varying concentrations of hydrocyanic acid, which is poisonous to livestock.
  • Workers acutely exposed to cyanogen, which dissociates into hydrogen cyanide and hydrocyanic acid, experienced nasal irritation.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrocyanic acid

hydrocyanic acid

/ˌhaɪdrəʊsaɪˈænɪk/
noun
1.
another name for hydrogen cyanide, esp when in aqueous solution
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hydrocyanic acid in Medicine

hydrocyanic acid hy·dro·cy·an·ic acid (hī'drō-sī-ān'ĭk)
n.
An aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide that is a poisonous weak acid. Also called prussic acid.

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hydrocyanic acid in Science
hydrocyanic acid
  (hī'drō-sī-ān'ĭk)   
An aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide, having a characteristic smell of bitter almonds. Also called prussic acid.
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