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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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  • From the somewhat extensive distribution of the acid, or rather of prussic-acid producing substances in the vegetable kingdom.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The prussic-acid taste of a twig sets the cherry tribe apart.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
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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