Definition of amyl in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪmʌɪl
, ˈamɪl


[as modifier] Chemistry
  • 1Of or denoting the straight-chain pentyl radical —C5H11.
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    • 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.
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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.


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

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