- any of three oily, colorless, water-insoluble, flammable, toxic, isomeric liquids, C8H10, of the benzene series, obtained mostly from coal tar: used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes.
Also xy·lol [zahy-lawl, -lol] /ˈzaɪ lɔl, -lɒl/.
Origin of xylene
1850–55; < Greek xýl(on) wood + -ene
Also called dimethylbenzene.
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Examples from the Web for xylol
Balsam and dried oil are best removed from the brass parts with xylol.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
The film of ink may be covered with a long cover-glass and xylol balsam as a permanent preparation.
Place a large drop of xylol balsam on the section and carefully lower a cover-glass on to the balsam.
Treat with a mixture of equal parts of aniline oil and xylol until no more colour comes away.
Wash with ammonia-free distilled water, dry thoroughly and mount in xylol balsam.
- another name (not in technical usage) for xylene
- an aromatic hydrocarbon existing in three isomeric forms, all three being colourless flammable volatile liquids used as solvents and in the manufacture of synthetic resins, dyes, and insecticides; dimethylbenzene. Formula: C 6 H 4 (CH 3) 2Also called: xylol
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Word Origin and History for xylol
1851, from Greek xylon "wood," which is of unknown origin, + -ene.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A flammable hydrocarbon obtained from wood and coal tar. Xylene consists of a benzene ring with two methyl (CH3) groups attached, and occurs in three isomeric forms. It is used as a solvent, in jet fuel, and in the manufacture of dyes, fibers, perfumes, and films. Chemical formula: C8H10.
- A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.
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