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prussic acid

noun, Chemistry
Origin of prussic acid
1780-90; translation of French acide prussique (equivalent to Prusse Prussia + -ique -ic); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prussic acid
  • Commercial solutions for treatment of prussic acid poisoning are available.
  • To reduce the risk of prussic acid poisoning, do not turn hungry animals into suspect pasture.
  • Plant growth stage, plus environmental and management factors, affect nitrate and prussic acid concentrations in foliage.
  • During drought years milo stalks can contain prussic acid, which is fatal to cattle.
British Dictionary definitions for prussic acid

prussic acid

the weakly acidic extremely poisonous aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide
Word Origin
C18: from French acide prussique Prussian acid, so called because obtained from Prussian blue
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prussic acid in Medicine

prussic acid prus·sic acid (prŭs'ĭk)
See hydrocyanic acid.

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prussic acid in Science
prussic acid
See hydrocyanic acid.
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