Nitrile meaning

nītrəl
An organic molecule containing a CN group, an organic derivative of hydrocyanic acid.
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An organic cyanide of the general formula RC⋮N, yielding the corresponding acid and ammonia on hydrolysis.
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A copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene, used in making synthetic latex.
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An organic compound, such as acrylonitrile, containing the cyanide group CN. Nitriles are typically colorless solids or liquids and have a distinctive smell.
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(chemistry) Any of a class of organic compounds containing a cyano functional group -C≡N.
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An oil-resistant copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene, used especially for disposable gloves, gaskets, seals, and tubing.
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Origin of nitrile

  • nitr(o)– -ile chemical suff. (probably variant of –yl)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition