cyanoacetic acid

cy·a·no·acetic acid | \¦sīəˌnō+...-\

Definition of cyanoacetic acid 

: a colorless hygroscopic crystalline acid CNCH2COOH obtained by treating chloroacetic acid with sodium cyanide and used in organic synthesis

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for cyanoacetic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary cyan- + acetic

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cyanoacetic acid

Share cyanoacetic acid

Statistics for cyanoacetic acid

Look-up Popularity

Comments on cyanoacetic acid

What made you want to look up cyanoacetic acid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!