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the chemical group or radical -CH3.
methyl salicylate a natural or synthetic oil with a characteristic wintergreen odor and taste; used as a counterirritant in ointments or liniments for muscle pain and also as a flavoring agent. Called also wintergreen oil.

meth·yl (Me),

The moiety, -CH3.
[G. methy, wine, + hylē, wood]


The radical, -CH3.
[G. methy, wine, + hylē, wood]