Definition of methyl in English:


Syllabification: meth·yl
Pronunciation: /ˈmeTHəl


[as modifier] Chemistry
  • Of or denoting the alkyl radical —CH3, derived from methane and present in many organic compounds: methyl bromide
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    • For example, the derived alkyl group from methane is the methyl group.
    • Currently, the largest volume organic bromine product is methyl bromide, a fumigant.
    • The boat was carrying 6000 metric tons of styrene, isopropyl and methyl ethyl ketone.


mid 19th century: from German Methyl or French méthyle, back-formations from German Methylen and French méthylène (see methylene).

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