amyl compound

An amyl compound is 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.