Definition of adiponitrile
: the high-boiling liquid dinitrile NC(CH2)4CN of adipic acid made from 1,4-dichlorobutane and sodium cyanide and used to make the nylon intermediate hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid —called also tetramethylene cyanide
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Origin and Etymology of adiponitrile
adip- + nitrile
First Known Use: 1902
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