Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An organic compound or functional group containing both a CN group and a hydroxyl group, usually on adjacent carbon atoms.

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  • noun chemistry Any compound having both a hydroxy and a cyanide functional group, especially one having these groups attached to the same carbon atom.

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  • noun any organic compound in which the cyano radical -CN and the hydroxyl radical -OH are attached to the same carbon atom

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[cyano– + hydr(o)– + –in.]

Examples

  • At last February's Informex trade show in New Orleans, Avecia announced a research partnership with Synetix Chiral Technologies, a unit of ICI, to develop immobilized versions of its transfer hydrogenation and cyanohydrin catalyst systems.

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  • The company's catalytic asymmetric transfer hydrogenation process, dubbed CATHy, offers a route to chiral alcohols and amines, while its carbon-carbon bond forming technology, known as CACHy, is said to improve the economics of chiral cyanohydrin synthesis.

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