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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A compound, RC(OH) CN.H or R-C(OH)CN.R′ , containing a hydroxyl and a cyanogen group. The cyanhydrins are usually prepared by the addition of hydrocyanic acid to an aldehyde or ketone.


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  • These substances combine with HCN to form harmless cyanhydrin and sulphocyanides respectively (Steyn and Rimington,

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