Adjective "acyl" definition and examples

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



Definitions and examples


Denoting a radical of general formula —C(O)R, where R is an alkyl group, derived from a carboxylic acid.
  1. 'This fold gathers the hydrophobic residues such that the acyl side chains have a reduced exposure to water.'
  2. 'The insertion of the hydrophobic acyl chains into the lipid bilayer forms a putative fourth cytoplasmic loop.'
  3. 'In our model a phospholipid molecule is represented by a pair of nearest-neighbor acyl chains, linked covalently to each other.'

More definitions

1. containing the acyl group.

More examples(as adjective)

"concentrations can be acyl."

"carnitines can be acyl."


Late 19th century: coined in German, from Latin acidus (see acid) + -yl.