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prussic acid

noun, Chemistry.
Origin of prussic acid
1780-1790
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
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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.

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    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

/ˈprʌsɪk/
noun
1.
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)
n.
See hydrocyanic acid.

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prussic acid in Science
prussic acid
  (prŭs'ĭk)   
See hydrocyanic acid.
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