carbon monoxide


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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Kennedy’s paper, which was published in the journal Injury Prevention, revealed many sites fail to provide critical carbon monoxide and fire safety protections. Susan Soldavin, Howard County Times, "River Hill student's paper published by major journal [Clarksville]," 24 May 2018 The main culprit is carbon monoxide: People forget that generators are internal combustion engines and run them in enclosed spaces. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How the Honda EU2200i Generator Is Getting Me Through Hurricane Florence," 17 Sep. 2018 Two men were arrested and 400 marijuana plants were seized following raids at homes in Oakland Park and in Fort Lauderdale where carbon monoxide fumes left three police officers feeling dizzy, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Two arrested, pot plants seized, officers recovering after two raids," 13 July 2018 Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every month. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "Keeping your home safe this summer," 1 July 2018 Exhaust from a contractor's equipment inside an enclosed area caused excess levels of carbon monoxide, firefighters said Monday at the scene. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Location of ‘carbon monoxide incident’ that affected 35 people in southeast Houston identified," 19 June 2018 Privacy - Terms In a March letter to Lowe's, NRDC said methylene chloride turns to carbon monoxide in the body and can threaten customers with rapid asphyxiation and heart attacks. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's to ban paint stripper made with potentially dangerous chemicals," 29 May 2018 One man was killed and several others were apparently overcome by high levels of carbon monoxide in a house in Montgomery County , authorities said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "One dies, as high carbon monoxide levels found in Rockville house," 11 May 2018 Instead, top holdings include tech companies such as Apple and Facebook and banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, which fund screenings show aren’t big users of fossil fuels and don’t spew a lot of carbon monoxide into the air. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Millennial 401(k)s: a peek inside their "socially responsible" investments," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of carbon monoxide

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carbon monoxide was in 1868

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English Language Learners Definition of carbon monoxide

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

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carbon mon·​ox·​ide | \ -mə-ˈnäk-ˌsīd\

Kids Definition of carbon monoxide

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

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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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