al·​kyl·​ation | \ ˌal-kə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce alkylation (audio) \

Definition of alkylation

: the act or process of introducing one or more alkyl groups into a compound (as to increase octane number in a motor fuel)

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Other Words from alkylation

alkylate \ ˈal-​kə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce alkylate (audio) \ transitive verb

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Volatile isobutane is converted in the alkylation unit to a component of gasoline. Christina Austin, Fortune, "Exxon Fined Over Explosion That Injured Workers," 13 July 2017 The Nov. 22, 2016 explosion on a sulfuric-acid alkylation unit that makes octane-boosting components of gasoline in the sprawling Baton Rouge refinery and chemical plant injured four workers, two of them severely. Christina Austin, Fortune, "Exxon Fined Over Explosion That Injured Workers," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of alkylation

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alkylation was in 1885

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