from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A univalent organic radical, C2H5.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The univalent hydrocarbon radical, C2H5, formally derived from ethane by the loss of a hydrogen atom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A monatomic, hydrocarbon radical, C2H5 of the paraffin series, forming the essential radical of ethane, and of common alcohol and ether.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. C2H5. The radical of ordinary alcohol and ether. It has never been obtained in the free state. Alcohol is the hydrate of ethyl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the univalent hydrocarbon radical C2H5 derived from ethane by the removal of one hydrogen atom
Not all alcohol-based hand cleansers contain ethyl alcohol, as this hospital case points out (also requires subscription):
The liquid we call ethyl alcohol (C2H6O) is very potent.
The type of mercury used in vaccines, called ethyl mercury, has been found to be less toxic in humans than the methyl mercury you get from environmental sources (eating certain fish, for example).
The type of mercury used in vaccines, called ethyl mercury, has been found to be less toxic in humans than the methyl mercury you get from environmental sources eating certain fish, for example.
Actually, astronomers who were recently sifting through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a big dust cloud at the center of our galaxy, found a substance there called ethyl formate, which is the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries, and the smell of rum, the drink popular with pirates.
Our everyday word alcohol refers to one particular member of this family, which chemists call ethyl alcohol, or ethanol.
The chemical substance known as ethyl alcohol has been an artificial basis of good fellowship the world over, as well as furnishing a very fair share of the tragedy, the misery and the humor of the world.
The company says that patients taking Viracept have the potential to be exposed to an impurity called ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS).
They told the Guardian newspaper that, despite failing to locate any such aminos, they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavour of raspberries.
Scientists found that a giant dust cloud at the heart of the galaxy that has a substance called ethyl formate, which gives the berries its flavor.
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