benzene

[ ben-zeen, ben-zeen ]
/ ˈbɛn zin, bɛnˈzin /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, volatile, flammable, toxic, slightly water-soluble, liquid, aromatic compound, C6H6, obtained chiefly from coal tar: used in the manufacture of commercial and medicinal chemicals, dyes, and as a solvent for resins, fats, or the like.

Origin of benzene

First recorded in 1825–35; benz(oic acid) + -ene
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British Dictionary definitions for benzene

benzene

/ (ˈbɛnziːn, bɛnˈziːn) /

noun

a colourless flammable toxic aromatic liquid used in the manufacture of styrene, phenol, etc, as a solvent for fats, resins, etc, and as an insecticide. Formula: C 6 H 6See also benzene ring
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Medicine definitions for benzene

benzene

[ bĕnzēn′, bĕn-zēn ]

n.

A clear, colorless, highly refractive flammable liquid derived from petroleum and used in or to manufacture a wide variety of chemical products, including DDT, insecticides, and motor fuels.benzine
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Science definitions for benzene

benzene

[ bĕnzēn′ ]

A colorless flammable liquid derived from petroleum. Benzene is used to make detergents, insecticides, motor fuels, and many other chemical products. Chemical formula: C6H6. See more at benzene ring.

Related forms

benzyl adjective
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