Definition of Cacodyl

1. Noun. A poisonous oily liquid with a garlicky odor composed of 2 cacodyl groups; undergoes spontaneous combustion in dry air.

Exact synonyms: Tetramethyldiarsine
Generic synonyms: Organic Compound
Derivative terms: Cacodylic

2. Noun. The univalent group derived from arsine.
Exact synonyms: Arsenic Group, Cacodyl Group, Cacodyl Radical
Generic synonyms: Chemical Group, Group, Radical
Derivative terms: Cacodylic

Definition of Cacodyl

1. n. Alkarsin; a colorless, poisonous, arsenical liquid, As2(CH3)4, spontaneously inflammable and possessing an intensely disagreeable odor. It is the type of a series of compounds analogous to the nitrogen compounds called hydrazines.

Definition of Cacodyl

1. Noun. (chemistry) The dimethylarsine radical (CH3)2As- ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry) tetramethyldiarsine formally derived from two of these radicals; an evil-smelling liquid that spontaneously combusts in air ¹

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Definition of Cacodyl

1. a poisonous liquid [n -S]

Medical Definition of Cacodyl

1. (CH3)2As-As(CH3)2;an oil resulting from the distillation together of arsenous acid and potassium acetate. Synonym: dicacodyl, tetramethyldiarsine. Origin: G. Kakodes, foul-smelling (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cacodyl

caco-2 cells
cacodyl (current term)
cacodyl group
cacodyl oxide
cacodyl radical
cacodylic acid

Literary usage of Cacodyl

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1. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1855)
"I. When chloride of cacodyl is distilled with aqueous ... The sulphide of cacodyl is finally transferred, without being allowed to come in contact with the ..."

2. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1870)
"On mixing the solution and the crystals with hydrochloric acid and zinc, the odour of cacodyl reappears, the evolved hydrogen gives off thick white fumes in ..."

3. Elements of chemistry, including the applications of the science in the arts by Thomas Graham (1842)
"cacodyl. Formula C4 H6 As = Kd. cacodyl is a liquid obtained from the continued digestion ot the chloride of cacodyl with metallic zinc at 230°, ..."

4. Elements of Chemistry: For the Use of Colleges, Academies, and Schools by Victor Regnault (1853)
"The density of the vapour of chloride of cacodyl is 4.86 ; and its equivalent ... A bromide and iodide of cacodyl may be obtained by similar processes. ..."

5. Elements of Chemistry: Including the Applications of the Science in the Arts by Thomas Graham (1842)
"cacodyl. Formula C4 H6 As = Kd. cacodyl is a liquid obtained from the continued digestion of the chloride of cacodyl with metallic zinc at 230", ..."

6. Organic Compounds of Arsenic & Antimony by Gilbert Thomas Morgan (1918)
"Homologues of cacodyl. An important step in advance was made in 1853 when Landolt showed that a homologue of cacodyl could be synthesised by treating the ..."

7. Chemistry of the Carbon Compounds: Or, Organic Chemistry by Victor von Richter (1891)
"cacodyl takes fire very readily in the air and burns to As2O3, carbon dioxide ... It yields cacodyl chloride with chlorine and the sulphide with sulphur. ..."

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