[ mi-sit-l-een, mes-i-tl- ]
/ mɪˈsɪt lˌin, ˈmɛs ɪ tl- /
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a colorless, liquid, aromatic hydrocarbon, C9H12, occurring naturally in coal tar and prepared from acetone: used chiefly as a chemical intermediate.
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On heating with dilute sulphuric acid it yields acetone, but with the concentrated acid it gives mesitylene, C9H12.
British Dictionary definitions for mesitylene
/ (mɪˈsɪtɪˌliːn, ˈmɛsɪtɪˌliːn) /
a colourless liquid that occurs in crude petroleum; 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene. Formula: C 6 H 3 (CH 3) 3
Word Origin for mesitylene
C19: from mesityl, from mesite, from New Latin mesita, from Greek mesitēs mediator + -ene
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