from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In chem., a suffix commonly used with radicals, denoting the fundamental part, the origin: as, methyl, CH3, is the fundamental radical of wood alcohol, CH3OH, methylic ether, (CH3)2O, methyl anime, CH3NH2, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Chem.) A suffix used as a characteristic termination of chemical radicals; as in eth
yl, carbon yl, hydrox yl, etc.
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- suffix organic chemistry A univalent
radicalor functional groupformed from a given molecule. Thus " propyl" from propane, " benzyl" from benzene, and so forth.
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Back-formation from methyl, itself a back-formation from methylene
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