phenyl

noun

phe·​nyl ˈfe-nᵊl How to pronounce phenyl (audio) ˈfē- How to pronounce phenyl (audio)
: a monovalent aryl radical C6H5− derived from benzene by removal of one hydrogen atom
often used in combination
phenylic adjective

Examples of phenyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most abundant were the terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpene alcohols, phenyl propanoids, and phenols. Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2010

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circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phenyl was circa 1850

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Medical Definition

phenyl

noun
phe·​nyl
ˈfen-ᵊl, ˈfēn-, British also ˈfē-ˌnīl
: a monovalent group C6H5 that is an aryl group derived from benzene by removal of one hydrogen atom
often used in combination
phenylalanine

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