- 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
Examples from the Web for benzene
Benzene causes cancer, thins the blood to cause symptoms resembling hemophilia, and damages fetuses exposed to it.
Benzene makes people sick, shortens lives, and harms future generations.
Butane purchased at a hardware store often contains chemicals like benzene, which is known to cause cancer.Hey Buddy, Wanna Dab? Inside The Mainstream Explosion of Cannabis Concentrates
Valerie Vande Panne
December 21, 2013
However studies have found dangerous compounds like benzene and formaldehyde in inhaled or secondhand vapor.E-Cigarettes, Facing Ban, Still Figuring Out What They Want to Be
December 19, 2013
Benzene, the first member of the benzene series, is a liquid boiling at 80°.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Chloroform, benzene, and naphtha are used on ordinary silks and linens.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Benzene does not extract it, if employed in the same manner.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
It has a specific gravity of 1.01, and is insoluble in benzene.
Then following along is Bentivoglio, and Benzene—a long article on benzene.Hints to Pilgrims
Charles Stephen Brooks
- 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
Word Origin and History for benzene
1835, benzine, altered from German Benzin, coined in 1833 by German chemist Eilhardt Mitscherlich (1794-1863) from Benz(oesäure) "benzoic acid" + -ene (German -in), hydrocarbon suffix. Mitscherlich obtained it from a distillation of benzoic acid, obtained from benzoin. The form benzene dates from 1872 in English. In 19c. it also sometimes was called benzol. Faraday was first to discover the compound (in fish oil) and called it bicarburet of hydrogen.
- 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
- 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.