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[yoo r-uh-nil] /ˈyʊər ə nɪl/
noun, Chemistry
the bivalent ion UO 2 +2 , or the group UO 2 , which forms salts with acids.
Origin of uranyl
1840-50; uran(ium) + -yl
Related forms
uranylic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uranyl
  • The uranyl ions produced by the fungi's corrosive actions had reacted with phosphate ions released by the fungi themselves.
  • Metabolism of uranyl-organic complexes by fermentative, iron- and sulfate-reducing bacteria.
  • The model was also used to simulate uranyl dissolution and release from the contaminant sediment to aqueous solutions.
  • The compounds are bright yellow, soluble peroxides of uranium called uranyl peroxide.
  • Also, the more accurate values of the thermodynamic stability constants are used for the uranyl complexes.
  • Uranium is dissolved by the oxidation with nitric acid and is solubilized as uranyl nitrate.
British Dictionary definitions for uranyl


(modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the divalent ion UO22+ or the group –UO2
Derived Forms
uranylic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from uranium + -yl
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uranyl in Medicine

uranyl u·ra·nyl (yur'ə-nĭl, yu-rā'nəl)
The divalent radical UO22+.

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