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sodium cyanide

Syllabification: so·di·um cy·a·nide

Definition of sodium cyanide in English:

noun

A white odorless crystalline soluble compound that has, when damp, an odor of hydrogen cyanide. It is used for extracting gold and silver from their ores and for case-hardening steel.
Example sentences
  • Nitriles are formed by heating amides with phosphorous pentoxide or by treating organic halogen compounds with sodium cyanide.
  • Sodium hydroxide, the most common base in teaching laboratories, is an important industrial chemical used making soap, dyes, and other chemical compounds such as sodium cyanide.
  • The compounds used to create EDTA include ethylenediamine, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide.

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