[ sahy-uh-noh-jen-ik, sahy-an-uh- ]
/ ˌsaɪ ə noʊˈdʒɛn ɪk, saɪˌæn ə- /

adjective Biology, Chemistry.

capable of producing hydrogen cyanide.
Also cy·a·no·ge·net·ic [sahy-uh-noh-juh-net-ik, sahy-an-oh-] /ˌsaɪ ə noʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, saɪˌæn oʊ-/.

Origin of cyanogenic

Related forms

cy·a·no·gen·e·sis, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cyanogenesis

  • Light and the assimilation processes depending on light exert a favorable influence on cyanogenesis.

    The Social Gangster|Arthur B. Reeve

British Dictionary definitions for cyanogenesis


/ (ˌsaɪənəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /


botany the release by certain plants, such as cherry laurel, of hydrogen cyanide, esp after wounding or invasion by pathogens
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012