Meaning of “carbon monoxide” in the English Dictionary

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"carbon monoxide" in British English

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carbon monoxidenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkɑː.bən məˈnɒk.saɪd/ us /ˌkɑːr.bən məˈnɑːk.saɪd/ symbol CO

Examples from literature

  • A gasoline engine should, of course, be located in an outbuilding and the exhaust pipe must extend into open air because of the deadly fumes of carbon monoxide gas. 
  • If you run the engine to keep warm, remember to open a window enough to provide ventilation and protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • No one can for a moment doubt the fact that carbon monoxide is one of the deadliest of poisons. 
  • These two poisonous gases, chlorine and carbon monoxide, when mixed together, will not readily unite, but if a ray of sunlight falls upon the mixture they combine at once. 
  • Two officers were brought in last night from a sap where they were overpowered by carbon monoxide. 

(Definition of “carbon monoxide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carbon monoxide" in American English

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carbon monoxidenoun [ U ]

/ˈkɑr·bən məˈnɑk·sɑɪd/

a poisonous gas produced when carbon is partly burned, esp. in car fuel

(Definition of “carbon monoxide” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"carbon monoxide" in Business English

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carbon monoxidenoun [ U ]

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ENVIRONMENT a poisonous gas formed when carbon is not burned completely, produced by vehicles and by heating equipment that is not working properly:

carbon monoxide poisoning/buildup/exposure

(Definition of “carbon monoxide” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)