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propyl Syllabification: pro·pyl
Pronunciation: /ˈprōpəl/

Definition of propyl in English:


[as modifier] Chemistry
Of or denoting the alkyl radical —C3H7, derived notionally from propane. Compare with isopropyl.
Example sentences
  • The propyl group is a functional group derived from propane by the removal of a hydrogen atom.
  • The family's common names follow the standard alkane hydrocarbon sequence: methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, etc.
  • Peak concentrations of propyl nitrate and butyl nitrate in south-central Kansas were 51 and 68 parts per trillion, respectively.

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