lactonitrile

noun
lac·​to·​nitrile | \ ¦lak(ˌ)tō+ \

Definition of lactonitrile

: a liquid CH3CH(OH)CN made by addition of hydrogen cyanide to acetaldehyde and used in making esters of lactic acid; acetaldehyde cyanohydrin

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History and Etymology for lactonitrile

International Scientific Vocabulary lact- + nitrile

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“Lactonitrile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lactonitrile. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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