nitrile

[ nahy-tril, -treel, -trahyl ]
/ ˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, -traɪl /

noun Chemistry.

any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula RC≡N.

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Origin of nitrile

1840–50; nitr- + -ile, perhaps variant of -yl
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrile

nitrile
/ (ˈnaɪtrɪl, -traɪl) /

noun

any one of a class of organic compounds containing the monovalent group -CNAlso called (not in technical usage): cyanide
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Medical definitions for nitrile

nitrile

n.

An organic cyanide containing a CN group.
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Scientific definitions for nitrile

nitrile

An organic compound, such as acrylonitrile, containing the cyanide group CN. Nitriles are typically colorless solids or liquids and have a distinctive smell.
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