hydroxyl

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noun hy·drox·yl \hī-ˈdräk-səl\

Definition of hydroxyl

  1. 1 :  the chemical group, ion, or radical OH that consists of one atom of hydrogen and one of oxygen and is neutral or negatively charged

  2. 2 :  hydroxide 1

hydroxylic

play \ˌhī-ˌdräk-ˈsi-lik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of hydroxyl

hydr- + ox- + -yl


First Known Use: 1869


Medical Dictionary

hydroxyl

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noun hy·drox·yl \hī-ˈdräk-səl\

Medical Definition of hydroxyl

  1. 1:  the chemical group or ion OH that consists of one atom of hydrogen and one of oxygen and is neutral or positively charged

  2. 2:  hydroxide 1

hydroxylic

\ˌhī-ˌdräk-ˈsil-ik\play adjective

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