noun, often attributive
ac·​yl | \ ˈa-səl How to pronounce acyl (audio) \

Definition of acyl

: a radical RCO− derived usually from an organic acid by removal of the hydroxyl from all acid groups often used in combination

Examples of acyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each of the products are also made with acyl-glutathione, which is the brand's proprietary blend of glutathione. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Perricone MD Launches Essential Fx Skin-Care Line With Vitamin F," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of acyl

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acyl

borrowed from German Acyl "acetyl," from New Latin acidum acid entry 1 + German -yl -yl

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“Acyl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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ac·​yl | \ ˈas-əl How to pronounce acyl (audio) , -ēl; ˈā-səl How to pronounce acyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of acyl

: a radical derived usually from an organic acid by removal of the hydroxyl from all acid groups

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