plural -s
: any univalent aliphatic hydrocarbon radical CnH2n−1 (as 2-butenyl CH3CH:CHCH2−) derived from an alkene by removal of one hydrogen atom

Word History


alkene + -yl

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkenyl was in 1916

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“Alkenyl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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