Share this entry

Share this page

amyl

Line breaks: amyl
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪmʌɪl
 
, ˈamɪl
 
/

Definition of amyl in English:

noun

[as modifier] Chemistry
1Of or denoting the straight-chain pentyl radical —C5H11.
Example sentences
  • The powdered bark can also be treated with solvents, such as toluene, or amyl alcohol to extract the quinine.
  • Once again, there's an impressive list of toxins found in these products that may include naptha, phenol, diglycol laurate, amyl acetate or nitrobenzene.
  • Ethanol was then replaced with amyl acetate in preparation for critical point drying with liquid carbon dioxide.
1.1 [mass noun] informal short for amyl nitrite.
Example sentences
  • Effective treatment was not available until Brunton introduced nitrate of amyl in 1867.
  • Wearing gasmasks with a small canister of amyl attached is really great for morale on the battlefield of love - but I digress.
  • The blurb makes it all sound far more titillating than it probably is, but they're right about the leather and amyl though.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin amylum 'starch' + -yl.

Words that rhyme with amyl

Tamil

Definition of amyl in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure