a colorless, highly poisonous liquid, HCN, an aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide.
- Also called prussic acid.
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How to use hydrocyanic acid in a sentence
The bluish pellets of diatomite soaked in hydrocyanic acid were poured through chutes.
It is largely decomposed, by water, into silver cyanide and hydrocyanic acid.The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. | Julius Stieglitz
In its therapeutical effects it resembles hydrocyanic acid, but is less active.
Emulsine has the property of being able to hydrolyse the glucoside amygdalin to glucose, benzaldehyde, and hydrocyanic acid.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
Detection and estimation of hydrocyanic acid and soluble cyanides.
hydrocyanic acid and Creosote,—general sedatives,—act locally as anodynes to the nerves of the stomach.The Action of Medicines in the System | Frederick William Headland
British Dictionary definitions for hydrocyanic acid
another name for hydrogen cyanide, esp when in aqueous solution
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Scientific definitions for hydrocyanic acid
An aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide, having a characteristic smell of bitter almonds. Also called prussic acid
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