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methyl group

noun, Chemistry
1.
the univalent group CH 3 −, derived from methane.
Also called methyl radical.
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methyl group

one of the commonest structural units of organic compounds, consisting of three hydrogen atoms bonded to a carbon atom, which is linked to the remainder of the molecule. The methyl radical (CH3), the methyl cation (CH+3), and the methyl anion (CH-3)34 are transient intermediates in many chemical reactions.

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