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carbon monoxide


Definition: a colorless, practically odorless, and poisonous gas formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon; its toxic action is due to its stronger affinity for hemoglobin, myoglobin, and the cytochromes than oxygen, thereby reducing oxygen transport, tissue delivery, and use.

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