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Related to cyano-: cyanide group


or cyan-
1. Blue: cyanotype.
a. Cyanogen: cyanic.
b. Cyanide: cyanogenesis.

[Greek kuano-, from kuanos, dark blue.]
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or before a vowel


combining form
1. blue or dark blue: cyanotype.
2. (Chemistry) indicating cyanogen: cyanohydrin.
3. (Chemistry) indicating cyanide
[from Greek kuanos (adj) dark blue, (n) dark blue enamel, lapis lazuli]
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(ˈsaɪ əˌnoʊ, saɪˈæn oʊ)

containing cyanogen.
[1960–65; independent use of cyano-2]


a combining form meaning “blue, dark blue”: cyanobacteria.
[comb. form of Greek kýanos dark blue enamel, azurite < an uncertain source, akin to Hittite kuwanna azurite]


a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which cyanogen is present: cyanohydrin.
Also, esp. before a vowel, cyan-.
[comb. form representing cyanogen]
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References in periodicals archive ?
Karminski-Zamola, "Synthesis, photochemical synthesis, DNA binding and antitumor evaluation of novel cyano- and amidinosubstituted derivatives of naphtho-furans, naphthothiophenes, thieno-benzofurans, benzodithiophenes and their acyclic precursors," European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, vol.
Piantanida et al., "Novel cyano- and amidino-substituted derivatives of thieno[2,3-b]- andthieno[3, 2-b]thiophene-2-carboxanilides and thieno[3',2':4,5]thienoand thieno[2',3,:4,5]thieno [2,3-c]quinolones: synthesis, photochemical synthesis, DNA binding, and antitumor evaluation," Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, vol.
Recently, the novel organic dye TMH15, which contains a phenothiazine donor, a 3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene bridge and a cyano- acrylate acceptor, was synthesized, yielding overall conversion efficiency of 6.72% under AM 1.5 irradiation [35].