propionitrile

noun
pro·​pio·​nitrile | \ ¦prōpēō+ \

Definition of propionitrile

: a toxic volatile liquid nitrile C2H5CN that yields propionic acid and ammonia on hydrolysis and is used chiefly as a solvent

called also ethyl cyanide

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History and Etymology for propionitrile

International Scientific Vocabulary propion- + nitrile

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“Propionitrile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propionitrile. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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