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methyl

[ meth-uhl ]
/ ˈmɛθ əl /
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adjective Chemistry.
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 methyl

me·thyl·ic [me-thil-ik, muh-], /mɛˈθɪl ɪk, mə-/, adjective

Other definitions for methyl (2 of 2)

methyl-

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

methyl
/ (ˈmiːθaɪl, ˈmɛθɪl) /

noun
(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 methyl

methylic (məˈθɪlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for methyl

C19: from French méthyle, back formation from methylene
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Scientific definitions for methyl

methyl
[ mĕthəl ]

The radical CH3, derived from methane.
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