<chemistry> Pertaining to, or derived from the combination of, hydrogen and cyanogen.

<chemistry> Hydrocyanic acid, a colourless, mobile, volatile liquid, HCN, having a characteristic peach-blossom odour. It is one of the most deadly poisons. It is made by the action of sulphuric acid on yellow prussiate of potassium (potassium ferrocyanide), and chemically resembles hydrochloric and hydrobromic acids.

Synonyms: prussic acid, hydrogen cyanide, etc.

Origin: Hydro-, 2 + anic: cf. F. Hydrocyanique.

(01 Mar 1998)