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acyl Line breaks: acyl
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪsʌɪl/

Definition of acyl in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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