[ meth-uhl ]
/ ˈmɛθ əl /
containing the methyl group. Abbreviation: Me
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Origin of methyl
First recorded in 1835–45; by back formation from methylene
OTHER WORDS FROM methylme·thyl·ic [me-thil-ik, muh-], /mɛˈθɪl ɪk, mə-/, adjective
Definition for methyl (2 of 2)
a combining form occurring in the names of chemical compounds in which the methyl group is present: methylamine.
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British Dictionary definitions for methyl
/ (ˈmiːθaɪl, ˈmɛθɪl) /
(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group of atoms CH 3
an organometallic compound in which methyl groups are bound directly to a metal atom
Derived forms of methylmethylic (məˈθɪlɪk), adjective
Word Origin for methyl
C19: from French méthyle, back formation from methylene
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Medical definitions for methyl
[ mĕth′əl ]
The alkyl group, often a univalent radical, CH3, derived from methane and occurring in many important organic compounds.
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Scientific definitions for methyl
[ mĕth′əl ]
The radical CH3, derived from methane.
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