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acetonitrile

[ as-i-toh-nahy-tril, -treel, uh-see-toh- ]
/ ˌæs ɪ toʊˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, əˌsi toʊ- /
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noun Chemistry.

a colorless, poisonous, water-soluble liquid, C2H3N, having an etherlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a solvent.

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Also called methyl cyanide.

Origin of acetonitrile

First recorded in 1865–70; aceto- + nitrile
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