Definition of cyanate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsīəˌnāt/ /ˈsaɪəˌneɪt/


  • A salt or ester of cyanic acid.

    ‘Makeup salt consists of a precise mixture of sodium and potassium cyanides that are oxidized by aeration to the mixed cyanate.’
    • ‘Cytosine can be formed by reacting cyanoacetylene with cyanate, cyanogen or urea, and uracil can be produced by the hydrolysis of cytosine.’
    • ‘When Wöhler accidentally found he had synthesized crystals of urea while evaporating a solution of ammonium cyanate, he was surprised that it was possible.’