ni·​trile | \ ˈnī-trəl How to pronounce nitrile (audio) , -ˌtrī(-ə)l \

Definition of nitrile

: an organic cyanide containing the group CN which on hydrolysis yields an acid with elimination of ammonia

Examples of nitrile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Special care has been taken to marry a low-density nitrile surround to the cone, to match its impedance and reduce reflections from the cone edge. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Hold it in your nondominant hand wearing a leather glove thick enough to withstand sharp teeth and another nitrile or latex glove over it. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 The airlift includes 2 million respirator masks, 11,000 protective coveralls and 280,000 pairs of nitrile gloves, the courier said in a statement Jan. 31., 29 Apr. 2020 To protect yourself during essential errands, basics like nitrile gloves can add protection. Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, 17 Apr. 2020 Remnants of the crisis—a box of nitrile gloves, a bag of makeshift masks; containers of drying Clorox wipes—will be tucked away, out of sight and out of mind. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2020 Gloves: Medical gloves are disposable and usually made of natural rubber latex, polyvinyl chloride, nitrile or polyurethane. USA Today, 31 Mar. 2020 Southwest has also placed orders for medical-grade nitrile gloves to supplement the gloves flight attendants commonly use, said company spokesman Brian Parrish. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2020 Public health officials say wearing nitrile gloves (not latex or vinyl) could help shield workers from chemical exposures. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 12 May 2015 See More

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First Known Use of nitrile

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nitrile

International Scientific Vocabulary nitr- + -il, -ile (from Latin -ilis -ile entry 1)

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The first known use of nitrile was in 1848

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31 Mar 2022

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“Nitrile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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ni·​trile | \ ˈnī-trəl How to pronounce nitrile (audio) , -ˌtrēl How to pronounce nitrile (audio) \

Medical Definition of nitrile

: an organic cyanide containing the group CN which on hydrolysis yields an acid with elimination of ammonia

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