hydrocyanic acid

  1. a colorless, highly poisonous liquid, HCN, an aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide.

Origin of hydrocyanic acid

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrocyanic acid

hydrocyanic acid

/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊsaɪˈænɪk) /

  1. another name for hydrogen cyanide, esp when in aqueous solution

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Scientific definitions for hydrocyanic acid

hydrocyanic acid

[ hī′drō-sī-ănĭk ]

  1. An aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide, having a characteristic smell of bitter almonds. Also called prussic acid

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