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acetonitrile Syllabification: ac·e·to·ni·trile
Pronunciation: /ˌasidōˈnītril/ /ˌasidōˈnītrēl/ /əˌsēdōˈnītril/ /əˌsēdōˈnītrēl/

Definition of acetonitrile in English:


A toxic odoriferous liquid, used as a solvent in high-performance liquid chromatography.
Example sentences
  • We have also carried out measurements with mixtures of water and acetonitrile, a solvent that is a hydrogen bond acceptor.
  • The organic solvents used in the present study were n-butanol, acetonitrile, methanol, n-propanol, isopropanol, and isobutanol.
  • The mycotoxin then can be eluted from the column by washing with an organic solvent such as methanol or acetonitrile.

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