Meaning of isocyanide in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈsʌɪənʌɪd/


  • 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.’