Definition of acetonitrile in English:

acetonitrile

noun

Chemistry
  • A toxic odoriferous liquid, used as a solvent in high-performance liquid chromatography.

    • ‘The organic solvents used in the present study were n-butanol, acetonitrile, methanol, n-propanol, isopropanol, and isobutanol.’
    • ‘The mycotoxin then can be eluted from the column by washing with an organic solvent such as methanol or acetonitrile.’
    • ‘We have also carried out measurements with mixtures of water and acetonitrile, a solvent that is a hydrogen bond acceptor.’
    • ‘The same photoproducts were obtained when the irradiation was performed in aerated acetonitrile, although the extent of photodegradation was even lower in this solvent.’
    • ‘Parallel experiments were performed in acetonitrile and phosphate-buffered saline aqueous solutions under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions.’

Pronunciation:

acetonitrile

/əˌsēdōˈnītril//ˌasidōˈnītril//əˌsēdōˈnītrēl//ˌasidōˈnītrēl/