Meaning of acetonitrile

ac•e•to•ni•trile

Pronunciation: (as"i-tō-nī'tril, -trēl, u-sē"tō-), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless, poisonous, water-soluble liquid, CHN, having an etherlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a solvent. Also called
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