benzophenone

[ben-zoh-fi-nohn, -fee-nohn]

noun Chemistry.

a crystalline, water-insoluble ketone, C13H10O, used in organic synthesis.

Nearby words

  1. benzoic acid,
  2. benzoin,
  3. benzol,
  4. benzonatate,
  5. benzonitrile,
  6. benzopyrene,
  7. benzoquinone,
  8. benzosulfimide,
  9. benzothiadiazide,
  10. benzotrichloride

Origin of benzophenone

First recorded in 1880–85; benzo- + phen- + -one

Also called diphenyl ketone.

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British Dictionary definitions for benzophenone

benzophenone

noun

a white sweet-smelling crystalline solid used mainly in the manufacture of organic compounds and in perfume. Formula: C 6 H 5 COC 6 H 5Also called: diphenylketone
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Science definitions for benzophenone

benzophenone

[bĕn′zō-fĭ-nōn, -fēnōn]

A white crystalline compound used in perfumes to prevent evaporation and in the manufacture of insecticides. Benzophenone is a ketone. Chemical formula: C13H10O.
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