methyl isocyanate


Definition of methyl isocyanate

: an extremely toxic chemical CH3NCO used especially in the manufacture of pesticides abbreviation MIC

Examples of methyl isocyanate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1984, India suffered the world's worst industrial disaster when methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a pesticide factory in the city of Bhopal, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring more than half a million others. Aj Willingham, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 Shortly after midnight on December 3, 1984, in the central Indian city of Bhopal, a tank in a pesticide factory leaked, releasing methyl isocyanate into the night sky. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 In a major industrial disaster in India in 1984, at least 2,850 people were killed and 20,000 injured when methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a tank at Union Carbide India Ltd.’s Bhopal plant in central India. NBC News, 7 May 2020 In 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India., 3 Dec. 2019 Last year, the same team uncovered a more complex molecule (methyl isocyanate) in a star-forming region more than 400 light years away from Earth. Luba Ostashevsky, Ars Technica, 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of methyl isocyanate

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Methyl isocyanate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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methyl isocyanate

meth·​yl iso·​cy·​a·​nate | \ -ˌī-sō-ˈsī-ə-ˌnāt \

Medical Definition of methyl isocyanate

: an extremely toxic chemical CH3NCO that is used especially in the manufacture of pesticides and was the cause of numerous deaths and injuries in a leak at a chemical plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984 abbreviation MIC

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