isocyanic acid


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isocyanic acid

[¦ī·sō·sī′an·ik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
HN‒C‒O One of two forms of cyanic acid; a gas used as an intermediate in the preparation of polyurethane and other resins.
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In humans, isocyanic acid is mainly formed by the spontaneous decomposition of urea into cyanate and ammoniac, which occurs in aqueous solutions according to an equilibrium that favors urea more than 99% (12).
Four separate measurements of isocyanic acid were made in urban Los Angeles, near a wildfire at Fourmile Canyon, Colorado, in laboratory burning experiments, and in cigarette smoke.
Although unstable, isocyanic acid, the reactive compound that binds to lysine residues during the carbamylation reaction, may be quantified after convenient derivatization and separation.
Isocyanic acid (chemically HNCO), a contaminant linked to cataracts and heart disease, has for the first time been measured in the atmosphere.