methyl

noun meth·yl \ ˈme-thəl \

Definition of methyl

: an alkyl radical CH3 derived from methane

methylic

play \mə-ˈthi-lik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of methyl

International Scientific Vocabulary, back-formation from methylene


Medical Dictionary

methyl

noun meth·yl \ ˈmeth-əl, British also ˈmē-ˌthīl \

medical Definition of methyl

: an alkyl group CH3 that is derived from methane by removal of one hydrogen atom

methylic

play \mə-ˈthil-ik\ adjective


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