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prussic acid

noun, Chemistry.
Origin of prussic acid
1780-90; translation of French acide prussique (equivalent to Prusse Prussia + -ique -ic); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid Unabridged
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  • You believe in the action of a drug—say, prussic acid—you believe it will kill?

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • She drank the little phial of prussic acid and there she lay.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • I'm not very exacting, but the way you look at men is just prussic acid to me.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
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  • What a fool he had been not to buy strychnine, prussic acid, or laudanum!

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • The prussic acid had been taken from his father's dispensary.

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor

    Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • The vial of prussic acid stood on the same table with the tea.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • The prussic acid may, however, be separated from it, and leave the oil harmless.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • Nicotin, the alkaloid of tobacco, is as deadly a poison as prussic acid.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
British Dictionary definitions for prussic acid

prussic acid

the weakly acidic extremely poisonous aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide
Word Origin
C18: from French acide prussique Prussian acid, so called because obtained from Prussian blue
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prussic acid in Medicine

prussic acid prus·sic acid (prŭs'ĭk)
See hydrocyanic acid.

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prussic acid in Science
prussic acid
See hydrocyanic acid.
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