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verb (used with object), eth·yl·at·ed, eth·yl·at·ing.
  1. to introduce one or more ethyl groups into (a compound).
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  1. Also called ethoxide. a metallic derivative of ethyl alcohol, as potassium ethylate, KOC2H5.
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Origin of ethylate

First recorded in 1860–65; ethyl + -ate1
Related formseth·yl·a·tion, nounun·eth·yl·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ethylate


  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction in which an ethyl group is introduced into a molecule
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  1. another name for an ethoxide
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Derived Formsethylation, noun
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ethylate in Medicine


  1. A compound in which the hydrogen of the hydroxyl group of an alcohol is replaced by a metallic atom, usually sodium or potassium.
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  1. To introduce the ethyl group into a compound.
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Related formseth′yl•ation n.
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