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nitrile

[nahy-tril, -treel, -trahyl] /ˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, -traɪl/
noun, Chemistry
1.
any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula RC≡N.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; nitr- + -ile, perhaps variant of -yl
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British Dictionary definitions for nit-rile

nitrile

/ˈnaɪtrɪl; -traɪl/
noun
1.
any one of a class of organic compounds containing the monovalent group -CN Also called (not in technical usage) cyanide
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nit-rile in Medicine

nitrile ni·trile or ni·tril (nī'trəl)
n.
An organic cyanide containing a CN group.

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nit-rile in Science
nitrile also nitril
  (nī'trəl)   
An organic compound, such as acrylonitrile, containing the cyanide group CN. Nitriles are typically colorless solids or liquids and have a distinctive smell.
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Encyclopedia Article for nit-rile

nitrile

any of a class of organic compounds having molecular structures in which a cyano group (C N) is attached to a carbon atom (C). Nitriles are colourless solids or liquids with distinctive odours.

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