sodium cyanide

noun

Definition of sodium cyanide

: a white deliquescent poisonous salt NaCN used especially in electroplating, in fumigating, and in treating steel

Examples of sodium cyanide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials bought potassium cyanide instead of sodium cyanide. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 In the case of lethal gas executions, accounts from witnesses have described how levers are used to drop a sodium cyanide mixture into a pot of sulfuric acid below the inmate, who's strapped into a chair. NBC News, 14 June 2021 The protocol specifically calls for using sodium cyanide packets. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 When a predator stumbles across one of these devices, a capsule containing sodium cyanide, a highly toxic pesticide, is ejected into its mouth. Mariel Padilla, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2019 When animals bite down, the traps release sodium cyanide into their mouths, killing them. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 5 Dec. 2019 This issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA with the registrants of [sodium cyanide]. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 5 Dec. 2019 The traps, also known as M-44s, are planted in the wild and designed to lure in predators with bait then release a deadly dose of sodium cyanide. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 5 Dec. 2019 The federal agency on Tuesday announced an interim decision involving sodium cyanide that’s used in M-44s, devices embedded in the ground that look like lawn sprinklers but spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sodium cyanide

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium cyanide was in 1885

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Last Updated

22 May 2022

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“Sodium cyanide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20cyanide. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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