[ ben-zi-deen, -din ]
/ ˈbɛn zɪˌdin, -dɪn /

noun Chemistry.

a grayish, crystalline, slightly water-soluble, basic compound, C12H12N2, usually derived from nitrobenzene: used chiefly in the synthesis of certain azo dyes, especially Congo red.

Origin of benzidine

First recorded in 1875–80; benz- + -id3 + -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for benzidine

  • Benzidine (Wallis) has also been suggested for the detection of free chlorine.

British Dictionary definitions for benzidine


/ (ˈbɛnzɪˌdiːn, -dɪn) /


a grey or reddish poisonous crystalline powder that is used mainly in the manufacture of dyes, esp Congo red. Formula: NH 2 (C 6 H 4) 2 NH 2
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Medicine definitions for benzidine


[ bĕnzĭ-dēn′ ]


A yellowish, white, or reddish-gray crystalline powder used in dyes and to detect blood.
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Science definitions for benzidine


[ bĕnzĭ-dēn′ ]

A yellowish, white, or reddish-gray crystalline powder that is produced synthetically and is carcinogenic. It is used in making dyes, as a reagent, and in detecting blood stains. Chemical formula: C12H12N2.
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