hydrocyanic acid



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

Nearby words

  1. hydrocortisone,
  2. hydrocrack,
  3. hydrocracker,
  4. hydrocracking,
  5. hydrocyanic,
  6. hydrocyst,
  7. hydrodesulfurization,
  8. hydrodiuril,
  9. hydrodynamic,
  10. hydrodynamicist

Origin of hydrocyanic acid

First recorded in 1810–20

Also called prussic acid.

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Examples from the Web for hydrocyanic acid

  • Gabriel jerked up his revolver, as he ran, the terrible weapon shooting bullets charged with hydrocyanic-acid gas.

    The Air Trust|George Allan England
  • Hydrocyanic-acid gas is effective in destroying all animal life in buildings.

    House Rats and Mice|David E. Lantz

British Dictionary definitions for hydrocyanic acid

hydrocyanic acid

/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊsaɪˈænɪk) /


another name for hydrogen cyanide, esp when in aqueous solution
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Medicine definitions for hydrocyanic acid

hydrocyanic acid

[ hī′drō-sī-ănĭk ]


An aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide that is a poisonous weak acid.prussic acid

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Science definitions for hydrocyanic acid

hydrocyanic acid

[ hī′drō-sī-ănĭk ]

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