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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Meth"yl
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; as, methyl alcohol, methyl ether, methyl amine, etc.

Etymology: See Methylene

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  1. The univalent radical CH3- derived from methane

From the German Methyl; compare the French méthyle.

French chemists Jean-Baptiste Dumas and Eugene Peligot, after determining methanol's chemical structure, introduced "methylene" from the Ancient Greek μέθυ (méthu, “wine”) + ὕλη (húlē, “wood, material”) with the intention of highlighting its origins, "alcohol made from wood (substance)". The term "methyl" was derived in about 1840 by back-formation from "methylene", and was then applied to describe "methyl alcohol".

  1. (organic chemistry) The univalent hydrocarbon radical, CH3, formally derived from methane by the loss of a hydrogen atom; a compound or part of a compound formed by the attachment of such a radical.

methyl was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Fun Facts about the name Methyl

  • How Popular is the name Methyl? Methyl is the 55,936th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Methyl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29 babies born with the first name Methyl in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Methyl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Methyl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Methyl is Saturday, March 10th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Methyl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Methyl was in 1919 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Methyl: Your name in reverse order is Lyhtem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ylethm. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Methyl born Apr 19, 1966

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Siberia approximately on 1400. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.