ac·​yl·​ate ˈa-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce acylate (audio)
acylated; acylating

transitive verb

: to introduce an acyl radical into
acylation noun

Word History


acyl + -ate entry 4, after German acyliren

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acylate was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Acylate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 transitive verb
ac·​yl·​ate -ˌlāt How to pronounce acylate (audio)
acylated; acylating
: to introduce an acyl group into


2 of 2 noun
: a salt or ester of an organic acid
titanium acylates
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