methylal

[meth-uh-lal, meth-uh-lal]

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, flammable, volatile liquid, C3H8O2, having a chloroformlike odor, used chiefly as a solvent, in perfumery, and in organic synthesis.

Nearby words

  1. methyl sulfate,
  2. methyl transferase,
  3. methyl violet,
  4. methyl-,
  5. methylacetic acid,
  6. methylamine,
  7. methylate,
  8. methylated spirits,
  9. methylation,
  10. methylbenzene

Origin of methylal

First recorded in 1830–40; methyl- + -al3

Also called dimethoxymethane, formal.

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British Dictionary definitions for methylal

methylal

noun

a colourless volatile flammable liquid with an odour resembling that of chloroform, used as a solvent and in the manufacture of perfumes and adhesives. Formula: (CH 3 O) 2 CH 2Also called: formal
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