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[ben-zil, -zeel] /ˈbɛn zɪl, -zil/ Chemistry
containing the benzyl group.
Origin of benzyl
First recorded in 1865-70; benz- + -yl
Related forms
benzylic, adjective Unabridged
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  • benzyl benzoate has been used recently to reduce the high blood pressure of hypertension.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The first of these is benzyl chloride, the second benzal chloride, and the third benzotrichloride or phenyl chloroform.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • benzyl Acetate, the ester obtained from benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.

  • Lauryl benzyl phosphonic acid, dipotassium salt, in 20% solution.

    Junior Achievement William Lee
  • It is then only necessary to brominate the benzyl cyanide by treating it with bromine vapor.

  • This chloride is then mixed with sodium cyanide in alcoholic solution and distilled, benzyl cyanide being the result.

British Dictionary definitions for benzyl


(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group C6H5CH2–: benzyl alcohol Systematic name phenylmethyl
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benzyl in Medicine

benzyl ben·zyl (běn'zĭl, -zēl')
The univalent radical C6H5CH2- derived from toluene.

ben·zyl'ic (-zĭl'ĭk) adj.
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benzyl in Science
The radical C6H5CH2, derived from toluene.
A colorless flammable liquid derived from petroleum. Benzene is used to make detergents, insecticides, motor fuels, and many other chemical products. Chemical formula: C6H6. See more at benzene ring.

benzyl adjective
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