ni·​trile | \ ˈnī-trəl , -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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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 There will also be a need for flat shovels, garden rakes, wheelbarrows, fans, heavy duty extension cords, leather gloves, nitrile (not latex) gloves, and disposable Tyvek coveralls. Leada Gore,, "Hurricane Harvey: Alabama relief efforts underway; how and where to donate," 29 Aug. 2017 The vapor released in the air contained acrylic nitrile and butudiene which are both flammable and toxic, Brooks said. Kaylee Remington,, "Hazmat crews called out after chemicals slip into air following power outage in Akron," 16 June 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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ni·​trile | \ ˈnī-trəl , -ˌtrēl \

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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a servile follower or underling

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