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alkyl

[ al-kuhl ]
/ ˈæl kəl /
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adjective
containing an alkyl group.
noun
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Origin of alkyl

1880–85; <German, equivalent to Alk(ohol) alcohol + -yl-yl
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British Dictionary definitions for alkyl

alkyl
/ (ˈælkɪl) /

noun
(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group C n H 2 n +1alkyl group or radical
an organometallic compound, such as tetraethyl lead, containing an alkyl group bound to a metal atom

Word Origin for alkyl

C19: from German, from Alk (ohol) alcohol + -yl
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Medical definitions for alkyl

alkyl
[ ălkəl ]

n.
A monovalent radical, such as ethyl or propyl, having the general formula CnH2n+1.
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Scientific definitions for alkyl

alkyl
[ ălkəl ]

A radical that has the general formula CnH2n+1, formed by removing a hydrogen atom from an alkane. Ethyl and propyl are alkyls.
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