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Definition of "amyl" []

  • The univalent organic radical, C5H11, occurring in many organic compounds in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "amyl" in a sentence
  • "However, esters formed from other pentanol isomers amyl alcohols, or mixtures of pentanols, are often referred to as amyl acetate."
  • "Because Nitrates are found in recreational drugs such as amyl nitrate or nitrite “poppers”taking Viagra with the sexually-oriented party favor can cause a serious decrease in blood pressure which may lead to fainting, a stroke, or heart attack."
  • "The alcohols must either be mixed with relatively expensive substances (such as amyl nitrate) to promote combustion or aspirated into the diesel fuel through a special device in the air intake."