Share this entry
sodium cyanide Syllabification: so·di·um cy·a·nide

Definition of sodium cyanide in English:


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.
  • Chemical formula: NaCN
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.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources