methyl-cyanide

methyl cyanide

noun Chemistry.
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acetonitrile

[as-i-toh-nahy-tril, -treel, uh-see-toh-]
noun Chemistry.
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:
1865–70; aceto- + nitrile

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