[nahy-tril, -treel, -trahyl]
any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula RC≡N.
Origin of nitrile
perhaps variant of -yl
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any one of a class of organic compounds containing the monovalent group -CNAlso called (not in technical usage): cyanide
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An organic cyanide containing a CN group.
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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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