any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula RC≡N.
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How to use nitrile in a sentence
I spent an hour sprinting to four drug stores, three of which were sold out of the blue non-latex nitrile gloves I sought.
This compound combines with hydrocyanic acid to form a nitrile which hydrolyses to dichlor-hydroxy iso-butyric acid.
This process is the exact reverse of the nitrile synthesis, described above.The Chemistry of Plant Life | Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
Emulsin also decomposes amygdalin directly into these compounds without the intermediate formation of mandelic nitrile glucoside.
Provided the solid nitrile is not present in too great excess.The Phase Rule and Its Applications | Alexander Findlay
At this point there exists the invariant system solid nitrile, two liquid phases, vapour.The Phase Rule and Its Applications | Alexander Findlay
British Dictionary definitions for nitrile
any one of a class of organic compounds containing the monovalent group -CN: Also called (not in technical usage): cyanide
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Scientific definitions for 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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