Definition of amyl in English:

amyl

Syllabification: am·yl
Pronunciation: /ˈaməl
 
/

noun

[as modifier] Chemistry
1The straight-chain pentyl radical —C5H11.
More 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 informal short for amyl nitrite.
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  • 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.

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