[nahy-tril, -treel, -trahyl]
noun Chemistry.
any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula RC≡N.

1840–50; nitr- + -ile, perhaps variant of -yl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To nitrile
World English Dictionary
nitrile (ˈnaɪtrɪl, -traɪl)
Also called (not in technical usage): cyanide any one of a class of organic compounds containing the monovalent group -CN

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
nitrile also nitril   (nī'trəl)  Pronunciation Key 
An organic compound, such as acrylonitrile, containing the cyanide group CN. Nitriles are typically colorless solids or liquids and have a distinctive smell.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


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.

Learn more about nitrile with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Disposable gloves are available in latex, vinyl, and nitrile materials.
Of course, even nitrile gloves would not provide adequate protection against all chemicals for all tasks.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature