Definition of acetyl in English:

acetyl

noun

Chemistry
  • [as modifier] Of or denoting the acyl radical —C(O)CH3, derived from acetic acid:

    ‘acetyl chloride’
    ‘an acetyl group’
    • ‘The company points to a Harvard research study that shows the plasticizer used - acetyl tributyl citrate - does not cause any health problems.’
    • ‘It is possible that this procedure with weak acetic acid may have converted naturally occurring salicylate to the acetyl form, that is aspirin itself.’
    • ‘The footnote also stated that Hoffmann had arranged for several chemical derivatives of salicylic acid to be examined, not just its acetyl ester.’
    • ‘Oxaloacetate plus the acetyl group form the six-carbon citric acid, or citrate.’
    • ‘An acetyl group was attached to residue 22 to mimic the preceding peptide bond and the C-terminal carboxylate was protonated.’

Pronunciation:

acetyl

/ˈasɪtʌɪl/