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A univalent group, such as ethyl or propyl, having the general formula CnH2n+1.
[German Alkohol, alcohol (from Medieval Latin alcohol, antimony; see alcohol) + -yl.]
1. (Elements & Compounds) (modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group CnH2n+1: alkyl group or radical.
2. (Elements & Compounds) an organometallic compound, such as tetraethyl lead, containing an alkyl group bound to a metal atom
[C19: from German, from Alk(ohol) alcohol + -yl]
any of a series of univalent groups having the general formula CnH2n + 1, as methyl or ethyl.
al•kyl′ic (-ˈkɪl ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||alkyl - any of a series of univalent groups of the general formula CnH2n+1 derived from aliphatic hydrocarbons|
chemical group, radical, group - (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
ethyl, ethyl group, ethyl radical - the univalent hydrocarbon radical C2H5 derived from ethane by the removal of one hydrogen atom