acetonitrile

noun
ace·to·ni·trile | \ə-ˌsē-tō-ˈnī-trəl, ˌa-sə-tō-, -ˌtrī(-ə)l\

Definition of acetonitrile 

: the colorless liquid nitrile CH3CN of acetic acid used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a solvent

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To identify the unique neurotoxin, the biologists cut out the venom ducts from several snails, froze them, pulverized them, and then extracted the peptides from the pulp with a mixture of water and the solvent acetonitrile. Aaron Rowe, WIRED, "Powerful New Poison found in Deadly Sea Snails," 11 July 2007

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First Known Use of acetonitrile

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acetonitrile

borrowed from German Acetonitril, from aceto- aceto- + Nitril nitrile

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acetonitrile

noun
ace·to·ni·trile | \ˌas-ə-tō-ˈnī-trəl, ə-ˈsēt-ō-, -ˌtrēl \

Medical Definition of acetonitrile 

: the colorless liquid nitrile CH3CN of acetic acid usually made by dehydration of acetamide and used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a solvent

called also methyl cyanide

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