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[sahy-uh-neyt, -nit]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a salt or ester of cyanic acid.

Origin of cyanate

First recorded in 1835–45; cyan(ic acid) + -ate2
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  1. any salt or ester of cyanic acid, containing the ion OCN or the group –OCN
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cyanate in Science


[sīə-nāt′, -nət]
  1. A salt or ester of cyanic acid, containing the group OCN.
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