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prussic acid

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noun Chemistry.
  1. hydrocyanic acid.
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Origin of prussic acid

1780–90; translation of French acide prussique (equivalent to Prusse Prussia + -ique -ic); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid
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  • The prussic-acid taste of a twig sets the cherry tribe apart.

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  • From the somewhat extensive distribution of the acid, or rather of prussic-acid producing substances in the vegetable kingdom.


British Dictionary definitions for prussic acid

prussic acid

noun
  1. the weakly acidic extremely poisonous aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide
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Word Origin

C18: from French acide prussique Prussian acid, so called because obtained from Prussian blue
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prussic acid in Medicine

prussic acid

(prŭsĭk)
n.
  1. hydrocyanic acid

prussic acid in Science

prussic acid

[prŭsĭk]
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