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amyl

[am-il, ey-mil] /ˈæm ɪl, ˈeɪ mɪl/
adjective
1.
containing an amyl group; pentyl.
noun
2.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek ám(ylon) starch (see amylo-) + -yl, with haplology of am(yl)-yl

amyl-

1.
variant of amylo-, especially before a vowel.
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amyl

/ˈæmɪl/
noun
1.
(modifier, no longer in technical usage) of, consisting of, or containing any of eight isomeric forms of the monovalent group C5H11-: amyl group or radical See also pentyl
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: amylum
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Word Origin and History for amyl
n.

hydrocarbon radical, 1850, from Latin amylum, from Greek amylon "fine meal, starch," noun use of neuter of adjective amylos "not ground at the mill, ground by hand," from a-, privative prefix, "not" + myle "mill" (see mill (n.1)). So called because first obtained from the distilled spirits of potato or grain starch (though it also is obtained from other sources).

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amyl in Medicine

amyl am·yl (ām'əl)
n.
The univalent organic radical, C5H11, occurring in many organic compounds in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl.

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amyl in Science
amyl
  (ām'əl)   
The radical C5H11, derived from pentane. Amyl occurs in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl.
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