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[sahy-uh-noh-jen-ik, sahy-an-uh-] /ˌsaɪ ə noʊˈdʒɛn ɪk, saɪˌæn ə-/
adjective, Biology, Chemistry.
capable of producing hydrogen cyanide.
Also, cyanogenetic
[sahy-uh-noh-juh-net-ik, sahy-an-oh-] /ˌsaɪ ə noʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, saɪˌæn oʊ-/ (Show IPA)
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cyanogenesis, noun Unabridged
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  • Light and the assimilation processes depending on light exert a favorable influence on cyanogenesis.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for cyanogenesis


(botany) the release by certain plants, such as cherry laurel, of hydrogen cyanide, esp after wounding or invasion by pathogens
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