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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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  • Nitrite drugs such as amyl nitrite are volatile liquids which are inhaled.
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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
amyl
hydrocarbon radical, 1850, from L. amylum, from Gk. amylon "fine meal, starch," lit. neut. of adj. amylos "not ground at the mill," 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.
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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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