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Origin of prussic acid

1780–90; translation of French acide prussique (equivalent to PrussePrussia + -ique-ic); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid
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British Dictionary definitions for prussic acid

prussic acid
/ (ˈprʌsɪk) /

noun
the weakly acidic extremely poisonous aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide

Word Origin for prussic acid

C18: from French acide prussique Prussian acid, so called because obtained from Prussian blue
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Scientific definitions for prussic acid

prussic acid
[ prŭsĭk ]

See hydrocyanic acid.
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