Definition of cyanic acid in English:

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cyanic acid

Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈanɪk/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless, 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.


Early 19th century: from cyanogen + -ic.

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