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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [as-i-toh-nahy-tril, -treel, uh-see-toh-]
    • /ˌæs ɪ toʊˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, əˌsi toʊ-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [as-i-toh-nahy-tril, -treel, uh-see-toh-]
    • /ˌæs ɪ toʊˈnaɪ trɪl, -tril, əˌsi toʊ-/

Definitions of acetonitrile word

  • noun acetonitrile a colourless organic chemical, CH3CN, used chiefly as a solvent 3
  • noun acetonitrile Acetonitrile is a colorless liquid which smells like ether and is used as an extractant (= a liquid used to obtain a substance from another liquid), solvent, and intermediate (= a substance that is formed in one stage of a synthesis, and used in the next stage). 3
  • noun acetonitrile a colorless, poisonous, water-soluble liquid, C 2 H 3 N, having an etherlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a solvent. 1
  • noun acetonitrile (organic chemistry) The simplest organic cyanide or nitrile, CH3CN. 0

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Origin of acetonitrile

First appearance:

before 1865
One of the 28% newest English words
First recorded in 1865-70; aceto- + nitrile

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Parts of speech for Acetonitrile


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A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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