- containing an amyl group; pentyl.
- an amyl group.
Origin of amyl
- variant of amylo-, especially before a vowel.
Examples from the Web for amyl
With the president surrounded by “a fast Hollywood crowd,” someone offered him amyl nitrite, or “poppers.”Intern's Memoir Details Affair With President Kennedy
February 7, 2012
When we had crossed the valley of the river Amyl, Happiness smiled on us.Beasts, Men and Gods
Inhalations of nitrite of amyl are said to have been useful.
In alcohol and amyl alcohol it dissolves in almost every proportion.
As an antidote, nitrite of amyl has apparently been used with success.
Remove the amyl alcohol and wash with water until it is neutral.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants
Edwin M. Bruce
- (modifier, no longer in technical usage) of, consisting of, or containing any of eight isomeric forms of the monovalent group C 5 H 11 -amyl group or radical See also pentyl
Word Origin and History for amyl
hydrocarbon radical, 1850, from Latin amylum, from Greek amylon "fine meal, starch," noun use of neuter of adjective amylos "not ground at the mill, ground by hand," from a-, privative prefix, "not" + myle "mill" (see mill (n.1)). So called because first obtained from the distilled spirits of potato or grain starch (though it also is obtained from other sources).
- The univalent organic radical, C5H11, occurring in many organic compounds in eight isomeric forms.pentyl
- The radical C5H11, derived from pentane. Amyl occurs in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl