Definition of cyanogen
1 : a monovalent group −CN present in cyanides
2 : a colorless flammable poisonous gas (CN)2
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A study published in 2014 in Environmental Science & Technology, for example, found that when uric acid in human urine mixes with chlorine, a toxic compound called cyanogen chloride (CNCI) and trichloramine (NCl3) is formed, TIME reported.
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Origin and Etymology of cyanogen
French cyanogène, from cyan- + gène -gen
First Known Use: 1816See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of cyanogen
1: a monovalent group −CN present in cyanides
2: a colorless flammable poisonous gas (CN)2
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