See also: Carbonyl

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carbon +‎ -yl

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carbonyl (plural carbonyls)

  1. (organic chemistry) A divalent functional group, (-CO-), characteristic of aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amides, carboxylic acid anhydrides, carbonyl halides, esters and others.
  2. (inorganic chemistry) Any compound of a metal with carbon monoxide, such as nickel carbonyl, Ni(CO)4.

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