An organic compound containing the amyl group C5H11, which has eight isomers. Amyl compounds include the amyl alcohols, synthesized from hydrocarbons or extracted from fuel oil and used as a solvent. Isoamyl nitrite (C5H11ONO) is a vasodilator used to give relief in angina. Amyl acetate (which has a pleasant, fruity smell and is known as banana oil) is used as a solvent for nitrocellulose and as a flavoring for candy.
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