cyanide

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noun cy·a·nide \ˈsī-ə-ˌnīd, -nəd\

Definition of cyanide

  1. 1 :  a compound of cyanogen with a more electropositive element or group: as a :  potassium cyanide b :  sodium cyanide

  2. 2 :  cyanogen 1

Origin and Etymology of cyanide

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1826


CYANIDE Defined for English Language Learners

cyanide

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noun cy·a·nide \ˈsī-ə-ˌnīd, -nəd\

Definition of cyanide for English Language Learners

  • : a very poisonous chemical


CYANIDE Defined for Kids

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noun cy·a·nide \ˈsī-ə-ˌnīd\

Definition of cyanide for Students

  1. :  any of several compounds containing carbon and nitrogen and including two very poisonous substances


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cyanide

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noun cy·a·nide \ˈsī-ə-ˌnīd, -nəd\

Medical Definition of cyanide

  1. :  any of several compounds (as potassium cyanide) that contain the radical CN having a chemical valence of one, react with and inactivate respiratory enzymes, and are rapidly lethal producing drowsiness, tachycardia, coma, and finally death


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