Definition of Cyanide

1. Noun. Any of a class of organic compounds containing the cyano radical -CN.

Exact synonyms: Nitril, Nitrile
Generic synonyms: Organic Compound
Specialized synonyms: Acrylonitrile, Propenonitrile, Vinyl Cyanide

2. Noun. An extremely poisonous salt of hydrocyanic acid.
Specialized synonyms: Sodium Cyanide, Potassium Cyanide
Generic synonyms: Salt

Definition of Cyanide

1. n. A compound formed by the union of cyanogen with an element or radical.

Definition of Cyanide

1. Noun. (chemistry) Any compound containing the -C?N radical or the C?N-1 anion. ¹

2. Noun. potassium cyanide - a water soluble poison ¹

3. Noun. hydrogen cyanide, or cyanide gas - a poisonous gas ¹

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Definition of Cyanide

1. to treat an ore with cyanid [v -NIDED, -NIDING, -NIDES]

Medical Definition of Cyanide

1. 1. The radical -CN or ion (CN)-. The ion is extremely poisonous, forming hydrocyanic acid in water; inhibits respiratory proteins. 2. A salt of HCN or a cyano-containing molecule. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cyanide

cyanic acid
cyanic acids
cyanide (current term)
cyanide-nitroprusside test
cyanide dihydratase
cyanide group
cyanide hydratase
cyanide methemoglobin
cyanide poisoning
cyanide process
cyanide radical

Literary usage of Cyanide

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1. A Dictionary of Chemical Solubilities: Inorganic by Arthur Messinger Comey, Dorothy Anna Hahn (1921)
"81. sol. in cold, easily in hot H2O. (Cleve.) Mercuric cyanide erbium ... Permanent. Easily sol. in hot HiO. (Cleve.) Mercuric cyanide magnesium ..."

2. Nature by Nature Publishing Group, Norman Lockyer (1883)
"Feb. i, 1883] = NA TURE corrosion and to deposit the whole of the silver from a solution of argento potassio cyanide of given composition and containing ..."

3. Elements of Chemistry: Theoretical and Practical by William Allen Miller (1880)
"The indie cyanide is, however, easily decomposed when boiled with water, indie hydrate being formed, and hydrocyanic acid evolved. Nickelous cyanide ..."

4. Phytopathology by American Phytopathological Society (1917)
"In regard to the poisoning of trees by potassio cyanide. ... 4 Shattuck, CH Effect of cyanide of potassium on trees. Science, ns 41: 324. 1915. ..."

5. A German-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1917)
"Cyanid, n. cyanide (esp. an -ic cyanide аз contrasted with ... a. of or combined with hydrocyanic acid, cyanide of. ..."

6. Poisons: Their Effects and Detection by Alexander Wynter Blyth, Meredith Wynter Blyth (1906)
"A similar action takes place if ferro-cyanide is mixed with a solution of peptone ... Mercuric]cyanide, it has been often said, acts precisely like mercuric ..."

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