- an organic cyanide of the general formula RC?N, yielding the corresponding acid and ammonia on hydrolysis
- a copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene, used in making synthetic latex
Origin of nitrilenitr- + -ile
- An organic molecule containing a CN group, an organic derivative of hydrocyanic acid.
- An oil-resistant copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene, used especially for disposable gloves, gaskets, seals, and tubing. Also called nitrile rubber.
Origin of nitrilenitr(o)– + -ile, chemical suff. (probably variant of –yl).