verb (used with object), a·cet·y·lat·ed, a·cet·y·lat·ing.
- to introduce one or more acetyl groups into (a compound).
verb (used without object), a·cet·y·lat·ed, a·cet·y·lat·ing.
- to become acetylated.
- (tr) to introduce an acetyl group into (a chemical compound)
- (intr) (of a chemical compound) to gain or suffer substitution of an acetyl group
- A reaction, usually with acetic acid, that introduces an acetyl radical into an organic compound.