- a white, crystalline, water-insoluble hydrocarbon, C10H8, usually obtained from coal tar: used in making dyes, as a moth repellant, etc.
Origin of naphthalene
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As aniline is to benzene, so are the naphthylamines to naphthalene.
The important constituents of this portion are carbolic acid and naphthalene.
The story of naphthalene is summarized in the schemes on pp. 164, 165.
It is possible to start from benzene, toluene or naphthalene.Creative Chemistry
Edwin E. Slosson
An excess of naphthalene should also be avoided, since, on account of its strong odour, soaps containing much of it are unpopular.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
naphthaline naphthalin (ˈnæfθəlɪn, ˈnæp-)
- a white crystalline volatile solid with a characteristic penetrating odour: an aromatic hydrocarbon used in mothballs and in the manufacture of dyes, explosives, etc. Formula: C 10 H 8
Word Origin for naphthalene
Word Origin and History for naphthalene
- A toxic carcinogenic hydrocarbon derived from coal tar or petroleum and used as a solvent.
- A white crystalline compound made from coal tar or petroleum and used to make dyes, mothballs, explosives, and solvents. Naphthalene consists of two benzene rings fused together. Chemical formula: C10H8.