[sahy-an-uh-juh n, -jen]
- a colorless, poisonous, flammable, water-soluble gas, C2N2, having an almondlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
- cyano group.
Origin of cyanogen
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Cyanogen was separated, and identified from the lungs and the liver.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
It is very inflammable, burning with a violet flame resembling that of cyanogen, but somewhat whiter in colour.
That is why in Delaney it had the appearance of cyanogen poisoning.
But the trace of cyanogen in the air was merely a coincidence, Haynes.
It is, however, principally used as a source of cyanogen and hydrocyanic acid.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- an extremely poisonous colourless flammable gas with an almond-like odour: has been used in chemical warfare. Formula: (CN) 2
C19: from French cyanogène; see cyano-, -gen; so named because it is one of the constituents of Prussian blue
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