[ am-il, ey-mil ]
/ ˈæm ɪl, ˈeɪ mɪl /


containing an amyl group; pentyl.


Origin of amyl

1840–50; < Greek ám(ylon) starch (see amylo-) + -yl, with haplology of am(yl)-yl

Definition for amyl (2 of 2)


variant of amylo-, especially before a vowel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amyl

/ (ˈæmɪl) /


(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 for amyl

C19: from Latin: amylum
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Medical definitions for amyl

[ ăməl ]


The univalent organic radical, C5H11, occurring in many organic compounds in eight isomeric forms.pentyl
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Scientific definitions for amyl

[ ăməl ]

The radical C5H11, derived from pentane. Amyl occurs in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl
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