amyl alcohol


noun Chemistry.

a colorless liquid, C5H12O, consisting of a mixture of two or more isomeric alcohols, derived from the pentanes, and used as a solvent and intermediate for organic synthesis: the main component of fusel oil.

Nearby words

  1. amygdaloidal,
  2. amygdaloside,
  3. amygdule,
  4. amyl,
  5. amyl acetate,
  6. amyl group,
  7. amyl nitrite,
  8. amyl propionate,
  9. amyl-,
  10. amylaceous

Origin of amyl alcohol

First recorded in 1860–65

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British Dictionary definitions for amyl alcohol

amyl alcohol

noun

a colourless flammable liquid existing in eight isomeric forms that is used as a solvent and in the manufacture of organic compounds and pharmaceuticals. Formula: C 5 H 11 OH
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Science definitions for amyl alcohol

amyl alcohol

[ ăməl, āməl ]

Any of various colorless oils derived from pentane, one of which is the main constituent of fusel oil. Chemical formula: C5H12.
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