Meaning of methylate

meth•yl•ate

Pronunciation: (meth'u-lāt"), [key]
— n., v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
—n.
  1. Also calledany derivative of methyl alcohol, as sodium methylate, CHONa.
  2. any compound containing the methyl group.
—v.t.
  1. (in a compound) to replace (one or more hydrogen atoms) with the methyl group.
  2. to mix with methyl alcohol, as in the denaturation of ethyl alcohol.
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