prussic acid

noun

prus·​sic acid ˈprə-sik- How to pronounce prussic acid (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cara Robertson: Someone who was identified as Lizzie Borden tried to buy prussic acid the day before the murders. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 31 July 2021 In 1892, prussic acid, a lethal poison, was only available with a doctor's prescription. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 31 July 2021 Cara Robertson: Someone who was identified as Lizzie Borden tried to buy prussic acid the day before the murders. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 31 July 2021 Cara Robertson: Someone who was identified as Lizzie Borden tried to buy prussic acid the day before the murders. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 31 July 2021 Cara Robertson: Someone who was identified as Lizzie Borden tried to buy prussic acid the day before the murders. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 31 July 2021 In 1892, prussic acid, a lethal poison, was only available with a doctor's prescription. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 26 Dec. 2020 In 1892, prussic acid, a lethal poison, was only available with a doctor's prescription. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 26 Dec. 2020 In 1892, prussic acid, a lethal poison, was only available with a doctor's prescription. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 26 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French prussique, from (bleu de) Prusse Prussian blue

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prussic acid was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Prussic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prussic%20acid. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

prussic acid

noun
prus·​sic acid ˌprəs-ik- How to pronounce prussic acid (audio)
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