A colorless, liquid organic compound, C3 H3 N, used in the manufacture of acrylic rubber and fibers.
A colorless, liquid monomer, H2C:CHCN, boiling at 78°C, that is polymerized to form acrylic resins for acrylic fibers, synthetic rubber, and soil conditioners: a known carcinogen.
A colorless, poisonous, liquid organic compound having a wide variety of industrial uses, such as in the manufacture of acrylic fibers, resins, and acrylamide. Chemical formula: C3H3N.
Origin of acrylonitrile
- acryl(ic resin) nitrile
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition