carbon monoxide

noun
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of carbon monoxide

: a colorless odorless very toxic gas CO that is formed as a product of the incomplete combustion of carbon or a carbon compound

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First Known Use of carbon monoxide

1868

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CARBON MONOXIDE Defined for English Language Learners

carbon monoxide

Definition of carbon monoxide for English Language Learners

  • : a poisonous gas that is formed when carbon is not completely burned and especially when gasoline is burned in car engines


CARBON MONOXIDE Defined for Kids

carbon monoxide

noun carbon mon·ox·ide \ -mə-ˈnäk-ˌsīd \

Definition of carbon monoxide for Students

: a colorless odorless very poisonous gas formed by incomplete burning of carbon

Medical Dictionary

carbon monoxide

noun

medical Definition of carbon monoxide

: a colorless odorless very toxic gas CO that burns to carbon dioxide with a blue flame and is formed as a product of the incomplete combustion of carbon

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