Similar term(s): chlorine cyanide, chlorocyanide chlorocyanogen, CK, chlorcyan, chlorocyan.
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.
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:
Cyanide in drinking water
For more information on cyanogen chloride:
Cyanogen chloride in drinking water
Chloramination - Chloramine(s) - Chlorine - Water disinfection by-product(s)