[ ben-zil, -zeel ]

  1. containing the benzyl group.


Origin of benzyl

First recorded in 1865–70; benz- + -yl

Other words from benzyl

  • ben·zyl·ic, adjective

Words Nearby benzyl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use benzyl in a sentence

  • The active ingredient is benzyl Nicotinate (niacinamide), part of the drug group of vasodilators that widen blood vessels.

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  • The first of these is benzyl chloride, the second benzal chloride, and the third benzotrichloride or phenyl chloroform.

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  • Lauryl benzyl phosphonic acid, dipotassium salt, in 20% solution.

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  • The first step is to chlorinate ordinary toluol, one of the coal tar bases, to produce benzyl chloride.

  • It is then only necessary to brominate the benzyl cyanide by treating it with bromine vapor.

  • This chloride is then mixed with sodium cyanide in alcoholic solution and distilled, benzyl cyanide being the result.

British Dictionary definitions for benzyl


/ (ˈbɛnzaɪl) /

  1. (modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group C 6 H 5 CH 2: benzyl alcohol Systematic name: phenylmethyl

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Scientific definitions for benzyl


[ bĕnzĭl ]

  1. The radical C6H5CH2, derived from toluene.

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