[ ak-ruh-loh-nahy-tril, -treel, -trahyl ]
/ ˌæk rə loʊˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, -traɪl /
a colorless, flammable, poisonous, carcinogenic liquid, C3H3N, used for the production of polymers and copolymers, as rubbers, fibers, and clear plastics for beverage containers.
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British Dictionary definitions for acrylonitrile
/ (ˌækrɪləʊˈnaɪtraɪl) /
a colourless liquid that is miscible with water and has toxic fumes: used in the manufacture of acrylic fibres and resins, rubber, and thermoplastics. Formula: CH 2 :CHCNAlso called: vinylcyanide
Word Origin for acrylonitrile
C20: from acrylic + nitrile
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Scientific definitions for acrylonitrile
[ ăk′rə-lō-nī′trəl, -trēl, -trīl ]
A colorless, poisonous, liquid organic compound having a wide variety of industrial uses, such as in the manufacture of acrylic fibers, resins, and acrylamide. Chemical formula: C3H3N.
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