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 Zyklon B, as the Nazis called it, is hydrogen cyanide. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 Arizona is taking steps to use hydrogen cyanide, the deadly gas used during the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other extermination camps, to kill inmates on death row. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Arizona is taking steps to use hydrogen cyanide, the deadly gas used during the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other extermination camps, to kill inmates on death row. Meryl Kornfield, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Arizona is taking steps to use hydrogen cyanide, the deadly gas used during the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other extermination camps, to kill inmates on death row. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 After nearly seven years, Arizona will begin to execute death row inmates again – and has purchased the ingredients to make hydrogen cyanide, or HCN, a lethal gas once used by Nazis. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 2 June 2021 Among the purchases, the documents showed, was $2,000 to buy the ingredients to make hydrogen cyanide -- a gas used by Nazis at Auschwitz. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 2 June 2021 Large enough to disinfest entire trucks loaded up with furniture, the sheds used Zyklon B to produce hydrogen cyanide gas, the same chemical used by the Nazis in their death camps. Jo Caird, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2021 That collision produced new molecules of hydrogen cyanide in Jupiter’s stratosphere, which the stratospheric winds have been blowing away ever since. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hydrogen cyanide

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hydrogen cyanide was in 1869

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12 Jun 2021

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“Hydrogen cyanide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20cyanide. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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