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Cyanide is a chemical compound containing carbon and nitrogen.

Cyanide gas was deadly, but some forms of nerve gas were more than 20 times more fatal. (TOS - The Eugenics Wars novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2)

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Hydrogen cyanide was found in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan (TOS novel: Federation) and in the Rosette Nebula. (TOS novel: Best Destiny)

Potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide are salts which are deadly poisons for humanoids.

Cyanogens react within the humanoid body to form a compound similar to cyanide. (DS9 - Rebels novel: The Courageous)

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Some lifeforms breathed gaseous cyanide. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

Suicide could be performed by humanoids by swallowing a cyanide capsule. (TOS novel: The Pandora Principle, VOY novel: The Nanotech War) In Earth's history, fanatical nation-state spies prepared for suicide by storing cyanide inside a hollow tooth, which was released by grinding the teeth in a special way. (TOS novel: Chain of Attack)

In 2268, William Terrens murdered geophysicist Patrick Moore with a chemical similar to potassium cyanide to disguise his death as heart failure. (TOS comic: "Murder on the Enterprise")

Traces of cyanide occurred naturally in the atmosphere of planet Sierra-Bravo 112-II, leaving residue in local plants. In order to visit the surface in 2373, Julian Bashir was able to inject an agent into the landing party so they could breathe the air, but they would not be able to eat the food. (DS9 - Rebels novel: The Conquered)

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