from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To bring an acetyl group into (an organic molecule).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To introduce the acetyl group into; especially, to prepare an acetyl derivative of an organic compound containing a hydroxyl- or amino-group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb (Chem.) receive substitution of an acetyl group; of chemical compounds.
  • transitive verb (Chem.) introduce an acetyl group into a chemical compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb chemistry To react with acetic acid or one of its derivatives; to introduce one or more acetyl groups into a substance

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb introduce an acetyl group into (a chemical compound)
  • verb receive substitution of an acetyl group


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