eth·​yl | \ ˈe-thəl How to pronounce ethyl (audio) \

Definition of ethyl

: an alkyl radical CH3CH2− derived from ethane

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Other Words from ethyl

ethylic \ e-​ˈthi-​lik How to pronounce ethylic (audio) \ adjective

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Paraquat, the herbicide mentioned before, has a 42.7 percent fatality rate, but that same study found a 2.4 percent rate for glyphosate, another widely used herbicide, and a zero percent fatality rate for one called fenoxaprop-p-ethyl. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year," 15 Nov. 2018 But this lightweight formula contains something called ethyl lactyl retinoate, a proprietary blend of lactic acid and retinoids, that works to slowly, gently, and effectively smooth skin and fade discoloration with continued use. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 10 Oct. 2018 However, quicklya lot of refinery workersbecame seriously ill working with tetra ethyl lead for fuels. star-telegram, "Gasoline: Pump Us Up?," 28 Apr. 2018 One flavorant, ethyl vanillin – for vanilla notes – decreased free radical production by 42 percent. Rita Giordano,, "How safe is the flavor you're vaping?," 17 Apr. 2018 The shade, named for the flowering shrub, gives just a pop of color and is eight-free — no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate and parabens — vegan and cruelty free. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 22 Mar. 2018 Hence a safener called isoxadifen-ethyl was also included in the experiment, sometimes pairing it with the herbicides and sometimes allowing the herbicides to work on their own. The Economist, "For better or worseSpraying herbicides changes the flavour and nutritional value of crops," 1 Mar. 2018 The first clue that uncovering such details might be possible came from an unlikely source: brown, circular polymer disks made from ethyl-vinyl acetate, originally meant for manuscript preservation, Zilberstein says. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Proteins Helped Scientists Read Between the Lines of a 1630 Plague Death Registry," 12 Jan. 2018 Alpha-tocopherol, pyridoxal phosphate, pantothenic acid, tyrosine tryptophan, butyl butanoate, phloretin xyloglucoside, ethyl hexanoate. Eric Spitznagel, Bon Appetit, "This Company Is Making Chocolate Bars Out of Algae," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of ethyl

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ethyl

German Ethyl (now Äthyl), from Äther ether + -yl

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The first known use of ethyl was in 1834

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eth·​yl | \ ˈeth-əl, British also ˈē-ˌthīl\

Medical Definition of ethyl

: a monovalent hydrocarbon radical C2H5

Other Words from ethyl

ethylic \ e-​ˈthil-​ik How to pronounce ethylic (audio) \ adjective

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