Definition of methyl in English:

methyl

noun

Chemistry
  • [as modifier] Of or denoting the alkyl radical —CH₃, derived from methane and present in many organic compounds.

    ‘methyl bromide’
    • ‘The boat was carrying 6000 metric tons of styrene, isopropyl and methyl ethyl ketone.’
    • ‘But methyl bromide and methyl chloride, unlike the CFCs in halides have both human and natural sources.’
    • ‘Another preparation method involves acid hydrolysis of methyl formate.’
    • ‘Currently, the largest volume organic bromine product is methyl bromide, a fumigant.’
    • ‘For example, the derived alkyl group from methane is the methyl group.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from German Methyl or French méthyle, back-formations from German Methylen and French méthylène (see methylene).

Pronunciation:

methyl

/ˈmeTHəl/