methylal[met̸h′ə lal′, met̸h′ə lal′]
a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, CHOCHOCH, that smells like chloroform: it is produced by the incomplete oxidation of methanol and is used as a solvent and in perfumes, organic synthesis, etc.
Origin of methylalFrench méthylal ; from méthyle, methyl + alcool, alcohol
A colorless flammable liquid acetal, C3H8O2, used as a solvent and in the manufacture of perfumes, adhesives, and protective coatings.
Origin of methylalmethyl + –al3.
(countable and uncountable, plural methylals)
- (organic chemistry) Dimethoxymethane.