- Also called dicyclopentadienyliron. an orange, crystalline, water-insoluble coordination compound, (C5H5)2Fe, having a camphorlike odor: used chiefly as an antiknock agent for gasoline and as a catalyst.Compare metallocene.
- Also called dicyclopentadienyl metal. any of a class of analogous compounds containing a metal other than iron, as nickel or osmium.
Origin of ferrocene
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- a reddish-orange insoluble crystalline compound. Its molecules have an iron atom sandwiched between two cyclopentadiene rings. Formula: Fe(C 5 H 5) 2
C20: from ferro- + c (yclopentadi) ene