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[ben-zil, -zeel]Chemistry
  1. containing the benzyl group.
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  1. the benzyl group.
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Origin of benzyl

First recorded in 1865–70; benz- + -yl
Related formsben·zyl·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for benzyl

Contemporary Examples of benzyl

Historical Examples of benzyl

  • Benzyl benzoate has been used recently to reduce the high blood pressure of hypertension.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

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


    Raphael Meldola

  • Benzyl Acetate, the ester obtained from benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for benzyl


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


(bĕnzĭl, -zēl′)
  1. The univalent radical C6H5CH2- derived from toluene.
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Related formsben•zylic (-zĭlĭk) adj.
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benzyl in Science


  1. The radical C6H5CH2, derived from toluene.
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  1. A colorless flammable liquid derived from petroleum. Benzene is used to make detergents, insecticides, motor fuels, and many other chemical products. Chemical formula: C6H6. See more at benzene ring.
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Related formsbenzyl adjective
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