hydrazoic acid


hy·​dra·​zo·​ic acid ˌhī-drə-ˈzō-ik- How to pronounce hydrazoic acid (audio)
: a colorless volatile poisonous explosive liquid HN3 that has a foul odor and yields explosive salts of heavy metals

Examples of hydrazoic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Triethanolamine, which is used to treat ear infections and impacted earwax, and is an ingredient to thicken face creams and balance the pH of shaving foams, is listed as well because it can also be used to manufacture hydrazoic acid, otherwise known as mustard gas. Amy Webb, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2022

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Word History


hydr- + azo- + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrazoic acid was in 1894

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“Hydrazoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrazoic%20acid. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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