Chemistry A radical having the general formula RCO-, derived from an organic acid.(noun)
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Use "acyl" in a sentence
"The preparation of pentagalloyl glucose has proved this compound to be nearly identical with tannin obtained from galls (_tannin_); a few other natural tannins belong to this type which Fischer terms acyl compounds of sugar with hydroxybenzoic acids."
"To communicate with its brethren, it uses a molecule called acyl-homoserine lactone, or AHL."
"The tranport of these fat building blocks is carried out by a protein called acyl carrier protein (ACP), and once again, vitamin B5 is required for this protein to function."