Definition of cyanogen in English:

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cyanogen

Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈanədʒ(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless flammable highly poisonous gas made by oxidizing hydrogen cyanide.
  • Chemical formula: C2N2.
Example sentences
  • The spectra that are observed indicate that small molecules, such as cyanide, methane, and cyanogen, can assemble in outer space.
  • Cytosine can be formed by reacting cyanoacetylene with cyanate, cyanogen or urea, and uracil can be produced by the hydrolysis of cytosine.
  • Years earlier scientists had detected cyanogen, a poisonous gas, in the tail of a comet.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French cyanogène, from Greek kuanos 'dark blue mineral' + -gène (see -gen), so named because it is a constituent of Prussian blue.

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