[sahy-uh-neyt, -nit]

noun Chemistry.

a salt or ester of cyanic acid.

Origin of cyanate

First recorded in 1835–45; cyan(ic acid) + -ate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any salt or ester of cyanic acid, containing the ion OCN or the group –OCN
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cyanate in Science


[sīə-nāt′, -nət]

A salt or ester of cyanic acid, containing the group OCN.
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