hydrocyanic acid

a colorless, highly poisonous liquid, HCN, an aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide.
Also called prussic acid.


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hydrocyanic acid (ˌhaɪdrəʊsaɪˈænɪk)
another name for hydrogen cyanide, esp when in aqueous solution

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

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