One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound containing the anion N₃⁻ or the group —N₃.
- ‘In general, reasonably high molecular weight azides are OK to handle.’
- ‘Another anion, azide, is used in the study of bacteriorhodopsin mutants as a substitute for proton donor or acceptor when they are altered in the protein.’
- ‘The most common of these are chemical compounds that contain nitrogen such as azides, nitrates, and other nitrocompounds.’
- ‘Upon replacement of chloride ion with azide, the fast electric signal changes its sign from positive to negative, and becomes similar to that detected in bacteriorhodopsin.’
- ‘This reaction should take place in darkroom conditions to protect the aryl azide from photolysis.’
Early 20th century: from azo- + -ide.
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