Agent Name

Potassium cyanate

CAS Number

590-28-3

Formula

C-H-N-O.K

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Aero cyanate; Aero cyanate weedkiller; Alicyanate; Bonide krab crabgrass killer; Bulpur; Cyanic acid, potassium salt; D & P Double O Crabgrass Killer; Ded-weed crabgrass killer; Dupont PC crabgrass killer; Green cross crabgrass killer; KOCN; Kaliumcyanat [German]; Miller P.C. weedkiller; P.C. 80 crabgrass killer; Potassium cyanate (KCNO); Potassium cyanate (KOCN); Potassium isocyanate; Weedanol cyanol; Weedone Crab Grass Killer; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Colorless or white solid; [HSDB] White crystalline solid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used to make organic chemicals and drugs; as post-emergence contact herbicide; as cotton defoliant; to treat sickle cell disease; [HSDB]

Comments

An irritant; Effects in high-dose animal studies include convulsions; [MSDSonline] See "Sodium cyanate" and "Silver cyanate."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

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