From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.
Ac"e*tyl (#), n. [L. acetum vinegar + Gr. substance. See -yl.] Chem.
A complex, hypothetical radical, composed of two parts of carbon to three of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Its hydroxide is acetic acid.
© Webster 1913.
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