(inorganic chemistry) Any salt, of the hypothetical nitroprussic acid, that contains a pentacyanonitrosylferrate anion.
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Nitroprusside Sentence Examples
It crystallizes in dark red prisms which are readily soluble in water; it is a valuable reagent for the detection of sulphur, this element when in the form of an alkaline sulphide giving a characteristic purple blue coloration with the nitroprusside.
Medication. Nitroprusside, lithium, or iodides can induce hypothyroidism.
Sulphur is detected by heating the substance with sodium, dissolving the product in water, and adding sodium nitroprusside; a bluish-violet coloration indicates sulphur.
Sodium nitroprusside, Na 2 Fe(NC) 5 N02H 2 O, is the commonest salt.