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cyanic acid Syllabification: cy·an·ic ac·id

Definition of cyanic acid in English:


A colorless, poisonous, volatile, strongly acidic liquid.
Example sentences
  • Ramberg has cast a sceptic's eye over the familiar story of how Wöhler's synthesis of urea from cyanic acid and ammonia in 1828 dispelled the notion of vitalism by creating an organic compound from inorganic components.
  • These data are in accordance with those presented by Vitti et al., who reported reduction of 70% in cyanic acid in the raw leaves of cassava during the dehydration process.
  • But esters of normal cyanic acid are not known.


Pronunciation: /ˈsīəˌnāt/
Example sentences
  • The cyanide content of the fused salt is maintained in the range of 45 to 50% calculated as potassium cyanide, and the cyanate content is maintained in the range of 42 to 50% calculated as potassium cyanate.


Early 19th century: from cyanogen.

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