Adjective "alkyl" definition and examples

(Alkyl may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈalkɪl//ˈalkʌɪl/

Definitions and examples

noun

Of or denoting a hydrocarbon radical derived from an alkane by removal of a hydrogen atom.
  1. 'Subsequently, alkyl hydroperoxides may initiate radical chain reactions and cause membrane destruction.'
  2. 'In common with other alkyl groups, both forms of the propyl group modify the behavior of a functional group.'
  3. 'As the size of the alkyl group increases, i.e. as the number of carbon atoms increases, the water solubility decreases.'

More definitions

1. containing an alkyl group. noun

2. an alkyl group.

More examples(as adjective)

"salts can be alkyl."

Origin

Late 19th century: German, from Alkohol ‘alcohol’ + -yl.