amyl

[ am-il, ey-mil ]
/ ˈæm ɪl, ˈeɪ mɪl /
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adjective

containing an amyl group; pentyl.

noun


Nearby words

  1. amygdaloid fossa,
  2. amygdaloid nucleus,
  3. amygdaloidal,
  4. amygdaloside,
  5. amygdule,
  6. amyl acetate,
  7. amyl alcohol,
  8. amyl group,
  9. amyl nitrite,
  10. amyl propionate

Origin of amyl

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

amyl-

variant of amylo-, especially before a vowel.
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British Dictionary definitions for amyl

amyl

/ (ˈæmɪl) /

noun

(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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Word Origin and History for amyl

amyl

n.

hydrocarbon radical, 1850, from Latin amylum, from Greek amylon "fine meal, starch," noun use of neuter of adjective amylos "not ground at the mill, ground by hand," from a-, privative prefix, "not" + myle "mill" (see mill (n.1)). So called because first obtained from the distilled spirits of potato or grain starch (though it also is obtained from other sources).

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Medicine definitions for amyl

amyl

[ ăməl ]

n.

The univalent organic radical, C5H11, occurring in many organic compounds in eight isomeric forms.pentyl

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Science definitions for amyl

amyl

[ ăməl ]

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