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Meaning of cyanide process

cy'anide proc"ess

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a process for extracting gold or silver from ore by dissolving the ore in an alkaline solution of sodium cyanide or potassium cyanide and precipitating the gold or silver from the solution.
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