hydrogen cyanide

noun

Definition of hydrogen cyanide

1 : a poisonous usually gaseous compound HCN that has the odor of bitter almonds

Examples of hydrogen cyanide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the offerings were Dank Vapes cartridges, which have been found to contain dangerous amounts of pesticides, including a fungicide that can transform into hydrogen cyanide when burned. NBC News, "'I really love the vibes': How Yelp boosts black market pot shops," 10 Feb. 2020 To test the theory further, last year, as reported in the journals Science Advances and Chemistry Communications, scientists used UV lamps to irradiate a mixture of hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen cyanide ions. David W. Brown, Smithsonian, "Searching for the Key to Life’s Beginnings," 2 July 2018 NBC News has previously reported that the bogus brand’s cartridges contain contaminants such as hydrogen cyanide and vitamin E acetate, a cutting agent identified by the CDC as one of the likely culprits in the outbreak. NBC News, "Armed guards, secret location: Inside an illegal marijuana bazaar publicized on Instagram," 17 Jan. 2020 The vapor from the counterfeit Kingpen cartridge was also found to contain hydrogen cyanide. Conor Ferguson, NBC News, "Bootleg marijuana vapes produce vapor tainted with formaldehyde, tests show," 13 Nov. 2019 Researchers believe that carbon in meteorites slamming into a planet’s early atmosphere can react with nitrogen to form hydrogen cyanide. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "This distant planet is one of the best places to search for alien life," 3 Aug. 2018 In all 10 illicit cartridges tested, pesticides were found, including myclobutanil, which transforms into hydrogen cyanide when burned. Conor Ferguson, NBC News, "Bootleg marijuana vapes produce vapor tainted with formaldehyde, tests show," 13 Nov. 2019 The chemical is stable at room temperatures but releases the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide when combusted, according to the state notice to retailers. BostonGlobe.com, "The chemical is stable at room temperatures but releases the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide when combusted, according to the state notice to retailers.," 7 Nov. 2019 When burned, the toxin can turn into hydrogen cyanide, according to researchers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As CDC warns against all cannabis vaping, California’s legal market tries to ease consumer fears," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hydrogen cyanide

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hydrogen cyanide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20cyanide. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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hydrogen cyanide

noun

Medical Definition of hydrogen cyanide

1 : a poisonous usually gaseous compound HCN that has the odor of bitter almonds

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