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Cyanogen chloride

Similar term(s): chlorine cyanide, chlorocyanide chlorocyanogen, CK, chlorcyan, chlorocyan.

Definition:

ClCN. Cyanogen chloride is an inorganic compound. It is a gas with a pungent pepper odor.

Cyanogen Chloride is formed as a water disinfectant byproduct when chlorine is used to oxidize water impurities such as cyanide. Once in the body, it is metabolized to cyanide.

Source: GreenFacts

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In the past, cyanogen chloride has been used as a chemical weapon (because it is a blood agent and it can stop the normal utilization of oxygen in the body) and as a pesticide. Cyanogen chloride is still found in some workplaces where it is manufactured.

For more information on cyanide: WHO  Cyanide in drinking water

For more information on cyanogen chloride: WHO  Cyanogen chloride in drinking water

Related words:

Chloramination - Chloramine(s) - Chlorine - Water disinfection by-product(s)

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