acetonitrile

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ac·e·to·ni·trile

(as'e-tō-nī'tril),
Methyl cyanide; a colorless fluid of aromatic odor, soluble in water and alcohol.

acetonitrile

/ac·e·to·ni·trile/ (as″ĕ-to-ni´trīl) a colorless liquid with an etherlike odor used as an extractant, solvent, and intermediate; ingestion or inhalation yields cyanide as a metabolic product.

acetonitrile

(as?e-to-ni'tril, a-set'o) [ aceto- + nitrile]
Methyl cyanide, CH3CN, an ingredient of some commercially available nail care products. When ingested, it produces a toxic reaction similar to cyanide poisoning. The onset is delayed 9 to 12 hr or more. It is also found in the urine of cigarette smokers. Treatment for poisoning is the same as for cyanide poisoning.
See: cotinine; cyanide poisoning
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