potassium cyanide


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

potassium cyanide

n.
An extremely poisonous white compound, KCN, used in the extraction of gold and silver from ores, in electroplating, and in photography, and as a fumigant and insecticide.

potassium cyanide

n
(Elements & Compounds) a white poisonous granular soluble solid substance used in photography and in extracting gold from its ores. Formula: KCN

potas′sium cy′anide



n.
a white, granular, water-soluble, poisonous powder, KCN, having a faint almondlike odor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potassium cyanide - a poisonous salt (KCN) used in electroplating and in photography
cyanide - an extremely poisonous salt of hydrocyanic acid
Translations

potassium cyanide

nKaliumzyanid nt, → Zyankali nt
References in classic literature ?
Lloyd's discovery of the "death bacillus" of the sea toad, and his experiments on it with potassium cyanide, sent his name and that of his university ringing round the world; nor was Paul a whit behind when he succeeded in producing laboratory colloids exhibiting amoeba-like activities, and when he cast new light upon the processes of fertilization through his startling experiments with simple sodium chlorides and magnesium solutions on low forms of marine life.
He suggested that she'd committed suicide by taking potassium cyanide and he in her was taking her body to be put in a storage shed.
Of all the chemicals in the process, potassium cyanide is the most dangerous.
Detectives believe the potassium cyanide – which can be easily produced using chemicals widely available for rust removal and making soap – was made in the flat, having found traces during the search.
Local police assume that the potassium cyanide in a plastic bottle was either lost or stolen from the locked vault of the plating company Tanaka Mekki Kogyo, they said.
The kit contained a rope, a knife, an ice pick, a syringe, a knife, a potassium cyanide pouch and a strip of Viagra tablets.
Sotheby's notes on the lot give some idea of a typical month in the life of Sir Bernard: "In the unexceptional month of January 1922, for example, Spilsbury records the following deaths: a domestic servant poisoned by potassium cyanide and then thrown in the Lea in Hackney, a suicide by cyanide in Hampstead, four 'sudden deaths', three heart attacks, one woman who died as the result of a criminal abortion, a pulmonary embolism, a death during an operation to remove the appendix, and the brutal murder of a 79-year-old woman ("at least 11 blows on head & blows on hands by blunt object, three cuts by sharp cutting weapon on neck, right hand having grasped weapon, six depressed fractures of skull").
There were cuts on his wrists and when police arrived they discovered two glasses of red wine and potassium cyanide in tablet and crystal form on the bedside table.
Dr Gaynor Davies, who specialised in prostate cancer, was found dead by her aunt in the home they shared in Elm Grove, Aberdare, after taking potassium cyanide.
He lost patience with this legal struggle after 5 years and carried out a carefully contrived plan that culminated when Sampedro had himself videotaped while sipping a lethal potassium cyanide solution in 1998.