acetylate

verb
acet·​y·​late | \ ə-ˈse-tᵊl-ˌāt How to pronounce acetylate (audio) \
acetylated; acetylating

Definition of acetylate

transitive verb

: to introduce the acetyl radical into (a compound)

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Other Words from acetylate

acetylation \ ə-​ˌse-​tᵊl-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce acetylate (audio) \ noun
acetylative \ ə-​ˈse-​tᵊl-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce acetylate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acetylate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her team reported last year in Cell that many mRNA cytosine bases are acetylated. Ken Garber, Science | AAAS, "Hidden layer of gene control influences everything from cancer to memory," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of acetylate

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acetylate

acetyl + -ate entry 4

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The first known use of acetylate was in 1864

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“Acetylate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acetylate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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acetylate

transitive verb
acet·​y·​late | \ ə-ˈset-ᵊl-ˌāt How to pronounce acetylate (audio) \
acetylated; acetylating

Medical Definition of acetylate

: to introduce the acetyl radical into (a compound)

Other Words from acetylate

acetylation \ -​ˌset-​ᵊl-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce acetylate (audio) \ noun
acetylative \ -​ˈset-​ᵊl-​ˌāt-​iv How to pronounce acetylate (audio) \ adjective

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