methylene

[ meth-uh-leen ]
/ ˈmɛθ əˌlin /
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adjective Chemistry.

containing the methylene group.

Origin of methylene

< French méthylène (coined in 1834), equivalent to Greek méth(y) wine (see mead1) + hýl(ē) wood + French -ène -ene, taken to mean “wood-spirits” (vin ou liqueur spiritueuse du bois), though elements of the compound are in the wrong order to give this sense
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British Dictionary definitions for methylene

methylene

/ (ˈmɛθɪˌliːn) /

noun

(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the divalent group of atoms =CH 2a methylene group or radical

Word Origin for methylene

C19: from French méthylène, from Greek methu wine + hulē wood + -ene : originally referring to a substance distilled from wood
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Word Origin and History for methylene

methylene


n.

1835, from French méthylène (1834), coined by Jean-Baptiste-André Dumas (1800-1884) and Eugène-Melchior Péligot (1811-1890) from Greek methy "wine" (see mead (n.1)) + -yl "stuff" + chemical suffix -ene. So called because detected in wood alcohol.

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Medicine definitions for methylene

methylene

[ mĕthə-lēn′ ]

n.

A bivalent hydrocarbon radical, CH2, that is a component of unsaturated hydrocarbons and is derived from methane by the removal of two hydrogen atoms.
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Science definitions for methylene

methylene

[ mĕthə-lēn′ ]

A bivalent hydrocarbon radical, CH2. Because it has two unshared electrons, it is extremely reactive and occurs only as an intermediate byproduct in chemical reactions. Methylene is a component of unsaturated hydrocarbons.
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