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[ nahy-troh-ben-zeen, -ben-zeen ]
/ ˌnaɪ troʊˈbɛn zin, -bɛnˈzin /

noun Chemistry.

a pale yellow, toxic, water-soluble liquid, C6H5NO2, produced by nitrating benzene with nitric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of aniline.

Nearby words

nitro dye, nitro group, nitro-, nitro-chalk, nitrobacteria, nitrobenzene, nitroblue tetrazolium test, nitrocellulose, nitrochloroform, nitrocotton, nitrofuran

Origin of nitrobenzene

First recorded in 1865–70; nitro- + benzene
Also called ni·tro·ben·zol [nahy-troh-ben-zawl, -zol] /ˌnaɪ troʊˈbɛn zɔl, -zɒl/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nitrobenzene


/ (ˌnaɪtrəʊˈbɛnziːn) /


a yellow oily toxic water-insoluble liquid compound, used as a solvent and in the manufacture of aniline. Formula: C 6 H 5 NO 2
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