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benzal chloride

noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, oily liquid, C 7 H 6 Cl 2 , used chiefly in the synthesis of benzaldehyde, and in the manufacture of dyes.
Also called benzyl dichloride, benzylidene chloride.
Origin of benzal chloride
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first of these is benzyl chloride, the second benzal chloride, and the third benzotrichloride or phenyl chloroform.

    Coal Raphael Meldola

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