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[eth-uh l] /ˈɛθ əl/
Chemistry. containing the ethyl group, as ethyl ether, C 4 H 10 O.
a type of antiknock fluid, containing tetraethyl lead and other ingredients for a more even combustion.
Origin of ethyl
< German Ethyl, coined by J. von Liebig in 1834; see ether, -yl
Related forms
nonethyl, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ethyl
  • That's what alcohol- ethyl alcohol- does in the phenomenon termed drunkenness.
  • High octane gasoline as well as ethyl alcohol fuel blends typically stay in the same price range, while alcohol has been cheaper.
  • Using corn or sugar cane as feedstock for ethanol plants is not the only way to produce ethyl alcohol.
  • The hydrogen is then used to convert ethyl acetate into ethanol.
  • The ethyl groups replace oxygen in the silicate ion chains, creating a solid but crumbly silicone polymer.
  • Cars were originally manufactured to run either on gasoline or ethyl alcohol.
British Dictionary definitions for ethyl


/ˈiːθaɪl; ˈɛθɪl/
(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group C2H5-: ethyl group or radical
Derived Forms
ethylic (ɪˈθɪlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from eth(er) + -yl
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Word Origin and History for ethyl

1838, modeled on German äthyl (Liebig), from Greek aither (see ether) + -yl. Ethyl alcohol, under other names, was widely used in medicine by 13c.

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ethyl in Medicine

ethyl eth·yl (ěth'əl)
The univalent hydrocarbon radical C2H5.

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ethyl in Science
The radical C2H5, derived from ethane.
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