cy·​an·​o·​gen | \sī-ˈa-nə-jən \

Definition of cyanogen 

1 : a monovalent group −CN present in cyanides

2 : a colorless flammable poisonous gas (CN)2

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His biggest coup was providing the Brits with the design of a chemical warfare dispersal device manufactured from parts that could be found in a tool shed and was capable of spreading deadly cyanogen chloride or other agents. NBC News, "He spied on al Qaeda from the inside, until he had to run for his life," 17 June 2018 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. Melinda Carstensen, Fox News, "There's probably pee in your swimming pool — what's the health risk?," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of cyanogen

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cyanogen

French cyanogène, from cyan- + gène -gen

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cy·​ano·​gen | \sī-ˈan-ə-jən \

Medical Definition of cyanogen 

1 : a monovalent group −CN present in cyanides

2 : a colorless flammable poisonous gas (CN)2

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