para-dichlorobenzene

or par·a·di·chlo·ro·ben·zene

[ par-uh-dahy-klawr-uh-ben-zeen, -ben-zeen, -klohr- ]
/ ˌpær ə daɪˌklɔr əˈbɛn zin, -bɛnˈzin, -ˌkloʊr- /

noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, volatile, water-insoluble solid, C6H4Cl2, of the benzene series, having a penetrating odor: used chiefly as a moth repellent.

Nearby words

  1. para-aminobenzoic acid,
  2. para-aminohippuric acid,
  3. para-aminosalicylic acid,
  4. para-aortic body,
  5. para-cymene,
  6. para-influenza virus,
  7. para-nitrophenol,
  8. para-phenetidine,
  9. para-thor-mone,
  10. para-toluidine


Origin of para-dichlorobenzene

First recorded in 1875–80; para-1 + di-1 + chloro-2 + benzene

Also called PDB, para.

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