cyanide radical

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Noun1.cyanide radical - the monovalent group -CN in a chemical compound
chemical group, radical, group - (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
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Amygdalin consists of two sugar (glucose) molecules bound to a benzaldehyde, which in turn is bound to a cyanide radical (the benzaldehyde-cyanide radical is called mandelonitrile).
This enzyme transfers a sulfur atom onto the cyanide radical to create the relatively nontoxic thiocyanate.