from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A colorless, volatile, extremely poisonous flammable liquid, HCN, miscible in water and used in the manufacture of dyes, fumigants, and plastics. It has an almondlike odor and becomes a gas at 26°C.
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- noun inorganic chemistry A
colourless, very poisonous, volatile liquid, HCN, used in the productionof dyes, plasticsand fumigants; it dissolvesin waterto form hydrocyanic acidand reactswith basesto form cyanides, and with some organic compoundsto form nitriles.
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- noun a highly poisonous gas or volatile liquid that smells like bitter almonds; becomes a gas at around 90 degree Fahrenheit and is most dangerous when inhaled; the anhydride of hydrocyanic acid; used in manufacturing
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