methyl iodide

noun

Definition of methyl iodide

: a volatile pungent flammable heavy liquid compound CH3I that turns brown on exposure to light, that causes burning on contact with the skin and is poisonous on inhalation of the vapor, and that is made usually by interaction of methanol, red phosphorous, and iodine and used chiefly in organic synthesis; iodo-methane

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“Methyl iodide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/methyl%20iodide. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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