Kekulé's formula

[ key-kuh-leyz ]
/ ˈkeɪ kəˌleɪz /

noun Chemistry.

the structural formula of benzene represented as a hexagonal ring with alternate single and double bonds between the carbon atoms.

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Origin of Kekulé's formula

First recorded in 1935–40; named after F. A. Kekulé von Stradonitz
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British Dictionary definitions for kekulé formula

Kekulé formula
/ (ˈkɛkjəˌleɪ) /

noun

a representation of the benzene molecule as six carbon atoms at the corners of a regular hexagon with alternate double and single bonds joining them and with one hydrogen atom bound to each carbon atomSee benzene ring

Word Origin for Kekulé formula

C19: named after Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz (1829–96), German chemist
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