carbon monoxide

noun

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

Examples of carbon monoxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet, a weather event as old as time caused a state to shut down—forcing families to expose themselves to carbon monoxide in a desperate attempt to stay warm, struggling to find access to food, water, and shelter. Deena Shakir, Forbes, "Turning Science Fiction Into Fact: 3 Reasons Why VC & DC Work Better Together," 11 Mar. 2021 In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage. Paul J. Weber And Jill Bleed, Chron, "Texas outages below half-million but water crisis persists," 18 Feb. 2021 In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage; another perished after flames spread from their fireplace. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Winter is coming (again)," 17 Feb. 2021 In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage; another perished after flames spread from their fireplace. Paul J. Weber And, BostonGlobe.com, "Texas braces for more cold, ice, and snow as millions are still without power," 17 Feb. 2021 In one instance, a woman and a young girl died after being exposed to carbon monoxide after the family left a car running to heat their powerless house. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "At least 17 dead amid Texas storm that left millions without power," 16 Feb. 2021 Research from the National Library of Medicine demonstrates that exposure to nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide particulate matter increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Jeffrey Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Which air purifier should I get?," 26 Mar. 2021 An elderly couple died as the result of a carbon monoxide leak in their Methuen home on Saturday, fire officials said. BostonGlobe.com, "Elderly couple dies from carbon monoxide leak in Methuen home," 20 Mar. 2021 Catalytic converters are an important part of a vehicle's emissions reduction system, turning the carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons generated by burning fossil fuels into carbon dioxide and water. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "LA Sheriff Finds $750K Worth of Catalytic Converters, Arrests 19 in Sting," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of carbon monoxide

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Carbon monoxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbon%20monoxide. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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carbon monoxide

noun

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

carbon monoxide

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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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