cacodyl

[ kak-uh-dil ]

adjective
  1. containing the cacodyl group.

noun
  1. 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

1
1840–50; <Greek kakṓd(ēs) ill-smelling (kak(o)- caco- + -ōd- smell + -ēs adj. suffix) + -yl

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cacodyl

/ (ˈkækədaɪl) /


noun
  1. an oily poisonous liquid with a strong garlic smell; tetramethyldiarsine. Formula: [(CH 3) 2 As] 2

Origin of cacodyl

1
C19: from Greek kakōdēs evil-smelling (from kakos caco- + ozein to smell) + -yl

Derived forms of cacodyl

  • cacodylic (ˌkækəˈdɪlɪk), adjective

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