Meaning of ALKYL in English

ˈalkə̇l noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from German, from alkohol alcohol (from Medieval Latin alcohol ) + -yl


a. : a univalent aliphatic radical C n H 2 n +1 (as methyl, ethyl) derived from an alkane by removal of one hydrogen atom

b. : any univalent aliphatic, aromatic-aliphatic, or alicyclic hydrocarbon radical

2. : a compound of one or more alkyl radicals with a metal

sodium alkyls

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