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Medical Term:

hydrocyanic acid

Pronunciation: hi'dro-si-an'ik as'id


A colorless, toxic liquid, with the odor of bitter almonds, present in bitter almonds (amygdalin), the stones of peaches, plums, and other drupes, and laurel leaves; inhalation of 300 ppm causes death.

Synonym(s): hydrogen cyanide, prussic acid

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