[am-il, ey-mil] Chemistry.

1840–50; < Greek ám(ylon) starch (see amylo-) + -yl, with haplology of am(yl)-yl Unabridged


variant of amylo-, especially before a vowel. Unabridged
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amyl (ˈæmɪl)
(modifier, no longer in technical usage) See also pentyl of, consisting of, or containing any of eight isomeric forms of the monovalent group C5H11-: amyl group or radical
[C19: from Latin: amylum]

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Word Origin & History

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

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amyl   (ām'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
The radical C5H11, derived from pentane. Amyl occurs in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl.
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Example sentences for amyl
Nitrite drugs such as amyl nitrite are volatile liquids which are inhaled.
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