mon·​ox·​ide | \ mə-ˈnäk-ˌsīd \

Definition of monoxide

: an oxide containing one atom of oxygen in a molecule

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His drinking precipitously descends from country-club conviviality to solitary stupor, and the novel ends with his suicide by carbon-monoxide inhalation in his Cadillac, a clean, modern way to go. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Authorities in the state later reported two more deaths from carbon-monoxide poisoning caused by a generator. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Florence Flooding Threatens to Last for Days," 16 Sep. 2018 Combined detector: Buy combined smoke and carbon-monoxide detectorsand you're covered for both types of danger. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Smoke Detector," 12 Feb. 2015 Homes with real fires or natural gas supply: as above, with additional carbon-monoxide alarm. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Smoke Detector," 12 Feb. 2015 The family also has contemplated a campaign to encourage the use of carbon-monoxide detectors. USA TODAY, "Relatives hold funeral for Iowa family found dead in Mexico as questions remain," 31 Mar. 2018 The explosion of the soda cans was most likely caused by heat; a carbon-monoxide buildup would not cause such an explosion. New York Times, "Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll," 13 May 2018 The department claimed Williams did not have the proper zoning or certificate of occupancy to run a triplex, and his second-floor apartment had a malfunctioning stove and lacked a carbon-monoxide detector. Claudia Vargas,, "A leaky ceiling, raccoons and cat poop: Ex-residents say Sheriff Williams was a 'slumlord'," 7 May 2018 The daily hostility between the inmates and the guards felt as toxic as a continuous monoxide leak, bound to lead to someone's death if even one door closed for longer than usual. Idra Novey,, "Rachel Kushner's new novel, 'The Mars Room,' is devastating," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of monoxide

1868, in the meaning defined above

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mon·​ox·​ide | \ mə-ˈnäk-ˌsīd \

Medical Definition of monoxide

: an oxide containing one atom of oxygen per molecule — see carbon monoxide

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