cy·​a·​no·​gen·​ic ˌsī-ə-nō-ˈje-nik How to pronounce cyanogenic (audio)
variants or less commonly cyanogenetic
: capable of producing cyanide (such as hydrogen cyanide)
a cyanogenic glucoside
cyanogenesis noun

Examples of cyanogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this question may arise because 3,000 years ago almonds were bitter and poisonous through the accumulation of deadly levels of cyanogenic diglucoside amygdalin, basically cyanide. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 And certain fruit seeds, such as apple seeds, fruit stones and peach pits, contain cyanogenic compounds. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2022 The toxic component of the hydrangea is called cyanogenic glycoside. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 17 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyanogenic was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Cyanogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


cy·​a·​no·​gen·​ic ˌsī-ə-nō-ˈjen-ik, sī-ˌan-ō- How to pronounce cyanogenic (audio)
variants also cyanogenetic
: capable of producing cyanide (as hydrogen cyanide)
cyanogenic glycosides
Cassava is cyanogenic, and varieties are recognized as being either bitter or sweet (i.e., containing high or low amounts of cyanide).Darna L. Dufour, Bioscience
cyanogenesis noun
plural cyanogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce cyanogenic (audio)
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