Definition of acetonitrile in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌsiːtə(ʊ)ˈnʌɪtrʌɪl/


[mass noun] Chemistry
An odoriferous toxic liquid, used as a solvent in high-performance liquid chromatography.
  • Alternative name: methyl cyanide; chemical formula: CH3CN
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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