Meaning of hydrocyanic acid in English:

hydrocyanic acid

Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)sʌɪˈanɪk/


mass nounChemistry
  • A highly poisonous acidic solution of hydrogen cyanide in water.

    ‘This herb contains amygdalin which hydrolizes into benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid.’
    • ‘Cyanide content of trapped hydrocyanic acid was then determined quantitatively.’
    • ‘This in turn will break the vial of hydrocyanic acid.’
    • ‘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.’