[fen-l, feen-l]

adjective Chemistry.

containing the phenyl group.

Nearby words

  1. phenoxybenzamine,
  2. phenozygous,
  3. phenprobamate,
  4. phentermine,
  5. phentolamine,
  6. phenyl acetate,
  7. phenyl group,
  8. phenyl isocyanate,
  9. phenyl valerate,
  10. phenylacetaldehyde

Origin of phenyl

First recorded in 1840–50; phen- + -yl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phenyl



(modifier) of, containing, or consisting of the monovalent group C 6 H 5, derived from benzenea phenyl group or radical
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Word Origin and History for phenyl



radical base of phenol, 1850, from French phényle; see pheno-.

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Medicine definitions for phenyl




The univalent radical of phenol.

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Science definitions for phenyl


[fĕnəl, fēnəl]

The radical C6H5, derived from benzene by the removal of one hydrogen atom.
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