- containing the cacodyl group.
- an oily, slightly water-soluble, poisonous liquid compound composed of two cacodyl groups, (CH3)2As−As(CH3)2, that has a vile, garliclike odor and that undergoes spontaneous combustion in dry air.
Origin of cacodyl
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The dimethyl arsine (or cacodyl) compounds have been most studied.
Simultaneously with his work on cacodyl, he was studying the composition of the gases given off from blast furnaces.
- an oily poisonous liquid with a strong garlic smell; tetramethyldiarsine. Formula: [(CH 3) 2 As] 2
Word Origin for cacodyl
C19: from Greek kakōdēs evil-smelling (from kakos caco- + ozein to smell) + -yl
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