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sodium cyanide

noun, Chemistry
a white, crystalline, deliquescent, water-soluble, poisonous powder, NaCN, prepared by heating sodium amide with charcoal: used chiefly in casehardening alloys, in the leaching and flotation of ore, and in electroplating.
Origin of sodium cyanide
1880-85 Unabridged
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  • sodium cyanide is a salt of hydrocyanic acid, which for, some curious reason is called "Prussic acid."

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  • This chloride is then mixed with sodium cyanide in alcoholic solution and distilled, benzyl cyanide being the result.

British Dictionary definitions for sodium cyanide

sodium cyanide

a white odourless crystalline soluble poisonous compound with an odour of hydrogen cyanide when damp. It is used for extracting gold and silver from their ores and for case-hardening steel. Formula: NaCN
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