carbonyl

noun car·bon·yl \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnil , -ˌnēl , ˌkär-bə-ˈnēl , kär-ˈbä-nᵊl , especially British ˈkä-bə-ˌnī(-ə)l \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of carbonyl

1 : an organic functional group or radical −CO− occurring in aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, and their derivatives
2 : a coordination complex involving the neutral radical CO
  • chromium carbonyl

carbonylic

play \ˌkär-bə-ˈni-lik\ adjective

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First Known Use of carbonyl

1857

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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carbonyl

noun car·bon·yl \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnil, -ˌnēl \

medical Definition of carbonyl

: an organic functional group CO occurring in aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, and their derivatives

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