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[ben-zil, -zeel] /ˈbɛn zɪl, -zil/ Chemistry
containing the benzyl group.
Origin of benzyl
1865-70; benz- + -yl
Related forms
benzylic, adjective Unabridged
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  • benzyl Acetate, the ester obtained from benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.

  • benzyl benzoate has been used recently to reduce the high blood pressure of hypertension.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The first of these is benzyl chloride, the second benzal chloride, and the third benzotrichloride or phenyl chloroform.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • Lauryl benzyl phosphonic acid, dipotassium salt, in 20% solution.

    Junior Achievement William Lee
  • This chloride is then mixed with sodium cyanide in alcoholic solution and distilled, benzyl cyanide being the result.

  • It is then only necessary to brominate the benzyl cyanide by treating it with bromine vapor.

British Dictionary definitions for benzyl


(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group C6H5CH2–: benzyl alcohol Systematic name phenylmethyl
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benzyl in Medicine

benzyl ben·zyl (běn'zĭl, -zēl')
The univalent radical C6H5CH2- derived from toluene.

ben·zyl'ic (-zĭl'ĭk) adj.
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benzyl in Science
The radical C6H5CH2, derived from toluene.
A colorless flammable liquid derived from petroleum. Benzene is used to make detergents, insecticides, motor fuels, and many other chemical products. Chemical formula: C6H6. See more at benzene ring.

benzyl adjective
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