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methyl cyanide

noun, Chemistry

acetonitrile

[as-i-toh-nahy-tril, -treel, uh-see-toh-] /ˌæs ɪ toʊˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, əˌsi toʊ-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless, poisonous, water-soluble liquid, C 2 H 3 N, having an etherlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a solvent.
Also called methyl cyanide.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; aceto- + nitrile
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