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What Does Methyl Mean?

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In chemistry, the word methyl is used to refer to a functional group known as the methyl group. The methyl group is a hydrophobic alkyl functional group. It is derived from methane. The chemical formula for methane is CH4. In other words, it contains one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen. It is a universal valent. The formula for methyl is -CH3. It is an allergenic. Methyl is also used as a preservative in many household products.

The methyl group is often abbreviated -Me. The hydrocarbon unit of the methyl group is found in many organic compounds such as bio diesel. Biodiesel is a mixture of various types of fatty acid methyl esters. A methyl group, when substituted in the R group in an amino acid, forms alanine.

The methyl group of hydrocarbons combines with other elements to form such compounds as methyl bromide, methyl ethyl bromide, methyl methacrylate, methyl chloride, methyl chloroform, methyl salicylate, methyl mercury and n-methyl-d-aspartate.

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