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cyanide

[ sahy-uh-nahyd, -nid ]
/ 藞sa瑟 蓹藢na瑟d, -n瑟d /
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noun
Also cy路a路nid [sahy-uh-nid]. /藞sa瑟 蓹 n瑟d/. Chemistry.
  1. a salt of hydrocyanic acid, as potassium cyanide, KCN.
  2. a nitrile, as methyl cyanide, C2H3N.
verb (used with object), cy路a路nid路ed, cy路a路nid路ing.
to treat with a cyanide, as an ore in order to extract gold.
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Origin of cyanide

1820鈥30; cyan-3 + -ide

OTHER WORDS FROM cyanide

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British Dictionary definitions for cyanide

cyanide

cyanid (藞sa瑟蓹n瑟d)

/ (藞sa瑟蓹藢na瑟d) /

noun
any salt of hydrocyanic acid. Cyanides contain the ion CN and are extremely poisonous
another name (not in technical usage) for nitrile

Derived forms of cyanide

cyanidation, noun
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Medical definitions for cyanide

cyanide
[ s墨蓹-n墨d鈥 ]

n.
Any of various salts or esters of hydrogen cyanide containing a CN group, especially the extremely poisonous compounds potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide.
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Scientific definitions for cyanide

cyanide
[ s墨蓹-n墨d鈥 ]

Any of a large group of chemical compounds containing the radical CN, especially the very poisonous salts sodium cyanide and potassium cyanide. Cyanides are used to make plastics and to extract and treat metals.
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