Definition of isocyanide in English:

isocyanide

noun

Chemistry
  • An organic compound containing the group —NC bonded to an alkyl group. Such compounds are typically toxic, malodorous liquids.

    • ‘Among the gaseous emissions, samples we tested for included hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen fluoride, isocyanides, and styrene.’
    • ‘Hydrolysis of an isocyanide is catalyzed by acid but not by alkali and the result is an amine.’
    • ‘The gas he claims was methyl isocyanide and it was lethal.’

Pronunciation:

isocyanide

/ˌʌɪsəʊˈsʌɪənʌɪd/