sodium cyanide

noun Chemistry.
  1. a white, crystalline, deliquescent, water-soluble, poisonous powder, NaCN, prepared by heating sodium amide with charcoal: used chiefly in casehardening alloys, in the leaching and flotation of ore, and in electroplating.

Origin of sodium cyanide

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for sodium cyanide

sodium cyanide

noun
  1. a white odourless crystalline soluble poisonous compound with an odour of hydrogen cyanide when damp. It is used for extracting gold and silver from their ores and for case-hardening steel. Formula: NaCN
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