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cyano

[ sahy-uh-noh, sahy-an-oh ]
/ ˈsaɪ əˌnoʊ, saɪˈæn oʊ /
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adjective Chemistry.
containing the cyano group.
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Origin of cyano

First recorded in 1960–65; independent use of cyano-3

Other definitions for cyano (2 of 4)

cyano-1

a combining form meaning “blue, dark blue,” used in the formation of compound words: cyanotype.
Also especially before a vowel, cyan-1.

Origin of cyano-

1
<Greek kýano(s) dark blue (adj.), dark-blue substance (noun)

Other definitions for cyano (3 of 4)

cyano-2

a combining form representing cyanide in the formation of compound words: cyanogen.
Also especially before a vowel, cyan-2.

Other definitions for cyano (4 of 4)

cyano-3

a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which the cyano group is present: cyanohydrin.
Also especially before a vowel, cyan-3.

Origin of cyano-

3
Combining form representing cyanogen
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British Dictionary definitions for cyano

cyano-

before a vowel cyan-


combining form
blue or dark bluecyanotype
indicating cyanogencyanohydrin
indicating cyanide

Word Origin for cyano-

from Greek kuanos (adj) dark blue, (n) dark blue enamel, lapis lazuli
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