a compound derived from methanol, in which the hydroxyl hydrogen is replaced by a metal
transitive verbmeth·yl·at·ed, meth·yl·at·ing, meth·yl·ates
- To introduce one or more methyl groups into (a molecule).
- To mix or combine with methyl alcohol.
(third-person singular simple present methylates, present participle methylating, simple past and past participle methylated)
- To add, or treat with methyl alcohol (see methylated spirits)
- (organic chemistry) To add a methyl group to a compound
- (biochemistry) To add a methyl group to a nucleic acid as part of the process of gene expression