nitroprussicmedical dictionary

<chemistry> Pertaining to, derived from, or designating, a complex acid called nitroprussic acid, obtained indirectly by the action of nitric acid on potassium ferrocyanide (yellow prussiate), as a red crystalline unstable substance. It forms salts called nitroprussides, which give a rich purple colour with alkaline subphides.

Origin: Nitro- + prussic

(01 Mar 1998)