potassium cyanide


Definition of potassium cyanide

: a very poisonous crystalline salt KCN used especially in gold and silver extraction from ore

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Recent Examples on the Web And in 1978, potassium cyanide was mixed into fruit punch in the Jonestown mass murder-suicide in Guyana. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 Seconds after an appeals judge confirmed his 20-year sentence for war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Praljak proclaimed his innocence and then drank from a small bottle containing potassium cyanide. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "Assange 'binge-watched' suicide of ex-Bosnian Croat general," 24 Sep. 2020 The textbook case for managing a public health emergency was Johnson & Johnson’s response in 1982 after police discovered seven people, all in the Chicago area, died after swallowing a capsule of Tylenol laced with potassium cyanide. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "Johnson & Johnson wrote the rules for managing a public health crisis. Trump broke them.," 16 Mar. 2020 Their specialty was untraceable poisons delivered by ingenious weapons—such as a cigarette packet made in 1954 that could fire bullets filled with potassium cyanide. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Poison and Politics," 6 Sep. 2018 There’s also a more insidious concern: Those tablets Komang handed out are potassium cyanide. National Geographic, "‘Holy Grail' Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed," 5 June 2018 Upper Gwynedd Township Police had received a tip from another chemist at Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company, that potassium cyanide had been stolen from a laboratory, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Chemist stole cyanide to kill rodents, DA says. It nearly ended up in the water supply.," 13 Feb. 2018 Topsy was fed carrots laced with potassium cyanide, and her feet were placed in conductive copper sandals so she could be electrocuted. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edison," 4 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of potassium cyanide

1866, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Potassium cyanide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20cyanide. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of potassium cyanide

: a very poisonous crystalline salt KCN

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