Definition of nitrile
: an organic cyanide containing the group CN which on hydrolysis yields an acid with elimination of ammonia
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The vapor released in the air contained acrylic nitrile and butudiene which are both flammable and toxic, Brooks said.
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Origin and Etymology of nitrile
International Scientific Vocabulary nitr- + -il, -ile (from Latin -ilis 1-ile)
First Known Use: 1848See Words from the same year
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