- a colorless, water-insoluble, flammable liquid, C7H8, having a benzenelike odor, obtained chiefly from coal tar and petroleum: used as a solvent in the manufacture of benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, TNT, and other organic compounds.
Origin of toluene
Examples from the Web for toluene
What then is the effect of toluene on the living yeast-cell?
It is possible to start from benzene, toluene or naphthalene.Creative Chemistry</p>
Edwin E. Slosson
Besides a cymene and a toluene, which have already been shown to exist in rosin spirit, metaxylene was found to be present.
That phenomena of this kind may be involved is shown by the remarkable effect of toluene on the autofermentation of yeast.
For the first six months only toluene sling thermometers were used.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
- a colourless volatile flammable liquid with an odour resembling that of benzene, obtained from petroleum and coal tar and used as a solvent and in the manufacture of many organic chemicals. Formula: C 6 H 5 CH 3
Word Origin and History for toluene
colorless liquid hydrocarbon, 1871, from German toluin (Berzelius, 1842), from Tolu, place in Colombia (now Santiago de Tolu) from which balsam of Tolu was obtained from the bark of certain trees. The chemical so called because it was first distilled from balsam of Tolu.
- A clear, toxic, flammable liquid that is used in fuels, explosives, dyes, medicines, and many industrial chemicals. Toluene consists of a methyl group attached to benzene. Also called methylbenzene. Chemical formula: C7H8.