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noun Chemistry.
  1. a petroleum distillate intermediate between cymogene and gasoline, formerly used to produce local anesthesia by freezing.
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Origin of rhigolene

1865–70; < Greek rhîg(os) frost, cold + -ol2 + -ene
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Historical Examples of rhigolene

  • The lighter and more volatile portions are known under the name of cymogene, rhigolene, gasolene, and naphtha.

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  • Rhigolene is now used in medicine in the form of spray to produce local anæsthesia.

  • Then, as the temperature rises to 18 C., rhigolene is given off: that is collected and condensed in another vessel.

British Dictionary definitions for rhigolene


  1. a volatile liquid obtained from petroleum and used as a local anaesthetic
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Word Origin for rhigolene

C19: from Greek rhigos cold; see -ole, -ene
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