- a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas, CO, that burns with a pale-blue flame, produced when carbon burns with insufficient air: used chiefly in organic synthesis, metallurgy, and in the preparation of metal carbonyls, as nickel carbonyl.
Origin of carbon monoxide
First recorded in 1870–75
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His team of engineers set to work on a new device, a combination smoke and carbon-monoxide detector.
For example, research has shown that most carbon-monoxide alarm incidents are triggered by a malfunctioning furnace.
Take as an illustration, the part played by water in determining the explosion of oxygen and carbon-monoxide gas.On Digestive Proteolysis
R. H. Chittenden
The gases which ascend from the fire consist largely of "carbon-monoxide," a burnable gas with lots of heat still left in it.The Romance of War Inventions
Thomas W. Corbin
Producer-gas, pro-dū′sėr-gas, n. a mixture of hydrogen and carbon-monoxide diluted with nitrogen.
- a colourless odourless poisonous flammable gas formed when carbon compounds burn in insufficient air and produced by the action of steam on hot carbon: used as a reducing agent in metallurgy and as a fuel. Formula: CO
Word Origin and History for carbon monoxide
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A colorless, odorless, highly poisonous gas that is formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon or of a carbonaceous material, such as gasoline.
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- A colorless, odorless gas formed when a compound containing carbon burns incompletely because there is not enough oxygen. It is present in the exhaust gases of automobile engines and is very poisonous. Chemical formula: CO.
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Carbon monoxide is usually formed when materials burn; it is found, for example, in automobile exhaust.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal to human beings if inhaled.
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