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carbon monoxide

a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas, CO, that burns with a pale-blue flame, produced when carbon burns with insufficient air: used chiefly in organic synthesis, metallurgy, and in the preparation of metal carbonyls, as nickel carbonyl.
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First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
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carbon monoxide

a colourless odourless poisonous flammable gas formed when carbon compounds burn in insufficient air and produced by the action of steam on hot carbon: used as a reducing agent in metallurgy and as a fuel. Formula: CO
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Word Origin and History for carbon monoxide

1869, so called because it consists of one carbon and one oxygen atom (as opposed to carbon dioxide, which has two of the latter). An older name for it was carbonic oxide gas.

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carbon monoxide in Medicine

carbon monoxide n.
A colorless, odorless, highly poisonous gas that is formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon or of a carbonaceous material, such as gasoline.

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carbon monoxide in Science
carbon monoxide  
A colorless, odorless gas formed when a compound containing carbon burns incompletely because there is not enough oxygen. It is present in the exhaust gases of automobile engines and is very poisonous. Chemical formula: CO.
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carbon monoxide in Culture
carbon monoxide (CO)

A compound made up of molecules containing one carbon atom and one oxygen atom.

Note: Carbon monoxide is usually formed when materials burn; it is found, for example, in automobile exhaust.
Note: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal to human beings if inhaled.
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