[ dahy-nahy-truh-ben-zeen, -ben-zeen ]

  1. any of three isomeric benzene derivatives having the formula C6H4NO2, made by nitration of benzene or nitrobenzene, the most important of which is the meta form: used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes.

Origin of dinitrobenzene

First recorded in 1870–75; di-1 + nitrobenzene

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British Dictionary definitions for dinitrobenzene


/ (daɪˌnaɪtrəʊˈbɛnziːn, -bɛnˈziːn) /

  1. a yellow crystalline compound existing in three isomeric forms, obtained by reaction of benzene with nitric and sulphuric acids. The meta- form is used in the manufacture of dyes and plastics. Formula: C 6 H 4 (N0 2) 2

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Scientific definitions for dinitrobenzene


[ dī-nī′trō-bĕnzēn′ ]

  1. Any of three isomeric compounds made from a mixture of nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and heated benzene. Dinitrobenzenes are used in dyes, in synthesizing organic compounds, and in making celluloid. Chemical formula: C6H4N2O4.

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