Definition of hydrocyanic acid in English:

hydrocyanic acid


  • [mass noun] A highly poisonous acidic solution of hydrogen cyanide in water.

    • ‘This herb contains amygdalin which hydrolizes into benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid.’
    • ‘This in turn will break the vial of hydrocyanic acid.’
    • ‘Cyanide content of trapped hydrocyanic acid was then determined quantitatively.’
    • ‘Cassava is generally categorised as bitter or sweet depending on the level of hydrocyanic acid, which causes the bitter taste.’
    • ‘However, the almonds inside apricot stones, like bitter almonds, contain hydrocyanic acid.’


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