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Methyl cyanide; a colorless fluid of aromatic odor, soluble in water and alcohol.
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