from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The univalent hydrocarbon radical, CH3-, derived from methane and occurring in many important organic compounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The univalent hydrocarbon radical, CH3, formally derived from methane by the loss of a hydrogen atom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A univalent hydrocarbon radical, CH3-, not existing alone but regarded as an essential residue of methane, and appearing as a component part of many derivatives

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hypothetical radical (CH3) of woodspirit and its derivatives. It is analogous to ethyl in its chemical relations.

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

  • n. the univalent radical CH3- derived from methane


French méthyle, back-formation from méthylène, methylene; see methylene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the German Methyl; compare the French méthyle. (Wiktionary)



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