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

Origin of benzophenone

First recorded in 1880–85; benzo- + phen- + -one
Also called diphenyl ketone. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for benzophenone


  1. 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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benzophenone in Science


[bĕn′zō-fĭ-nōn, -fēnōn]
  1. 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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