One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier Of or denoting the hydrocarbon radical —C₂H₅, derived from ethane and present in many organic compounds.‘ethyl acetate’‘an ethyl group’
- ‘The free radical of the ethyl group is known to exist as an entity in its own right.’
- ‘Industrially ethanol is now mostly frequently manufactured by the catalytic hydration of ethene or by the hydrolysis of ethyl sulfates.’
- ‘For example, benzene and ethyl bromide can be use to make ethylbenzene.’
- ‘The authors note, ‘Any of these ethyl esters might be used as an alternative to fossil fuels.’’
- ‘However, its use is safer for both patient and physician than the original volatile vapor coolant, ethyl chloride.’
Mid 19th century: from German, from Äther ‘ether’ + -yl.
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