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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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., "Travel Warnings, Caterpillar Gloom, Car Output: Virus Impact," 29 Apr. 2020 To protect yourself during essential errands, basics like nitrile gloves can add protection. Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, "A Rational Guide to Quarantining," 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, "New York City in the Coronavirus Pandemic," 5 Apr. 2020 Gloves: Medical gloves are disposable and usually made of natural rubber latex, polyvinyl chloride, nitrile or polyurethane. USA Today, "PPE: Types of personal protective equipment used to combat COVID-19," 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, "Southwest, American will let flight attendants wear face masks after pleas for health measures," 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, "These 4 Chemicals May Pose the Most Risk for Nail Salon Workers," 12 May 2015 Similarly to other suction units, a nitrile foam rubber ring is embedded on the outside periphery of the chamber. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Suction Cups Kinda Suck. This Wall-Climbing Robot Could Make Them Better," 21 Jan. 2020 Even some medical examiners, who investigate deaths, are using new protective measures like nitrile gloves and Tyvek suits in autopsy rooms and morgues to protect themselves from fentanyl because dead bodies could contain traces of the drug. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Fentanyl Isn’t Just Deadly for Drug Users: Police Are Getting Sickened," 28 July 2017

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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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“Nitrile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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

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

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