Definition of amyl
: any of various isomeric alkyl radicals C5H11− derived from pentane
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Humans have also been found as able as dogs and rabbits at smelling the main odorant in bananas (amyl acetate), and are more sensitive to mice than at least one component odor of human blood.
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Origin and Etymology of amyl
Latin amylum + English -yl
First Known Use: 1847See Words from the same year
Definition of amyl-
: starch amyloplast
Origin and Etymology of amyl-
Latin amylum, from Greek amylon, from neuter of amylos unmilled (of grain), from a- + mylē mill — more at meal
Medical Definition of amyl
: a univalent hydrocarbon radical C5H11 that occurs in various isomeric forms and is derived from pentane—called also pentyl
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