Entry from US English dictionary
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
- 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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Syllabification: so·di·um cy·a·nide
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