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alkyl group

noun, Chemistry
1.
any of a series of univalent groups of the general formula C n H 2n+1 , derived from aliphatic hydrocarbons, as the methyl group, CH 3 −, or ethyl group, C 2 H 5 −.
Also called alkyl radical.
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