Definition of acyl in English:

acyl

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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪsʌɪl
 
, ˈasɪl
 
/

noun

[as modifier] Chemistry
  • Denoting a radical of general formula —C(O)R, where R is an alkyl group, derived from a carboxylic acid: acyl groups
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    • These spectra are similar to those obtained for multilamellar vesicles made of lipids with deuterated acyl chains.
    • The insertion of the hydrophobic acyl chains into the lipid bilayer forms a putative fourth cytoplasmic loop.
    • This fold gathers the hydrophobic residues such that the acyl side chains have a reduced exposure to water.

Origin

late 19th century: coined in German, from Latin acidus (see acid) + -yl.

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