thiophene

[ thahy-uh-feen ]
/ ˈθaɪ əˌfin /

noun Chemistry.

a water-insoluble, colorless liquid, C4H4S, resembling benzene, occurring in crude coal-tar benzene: used chiefly as a solvent and in organic synthesis.

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Also thi·o·phen [thahy-uh-fen] /ˈθaɪ əˌfɛn/.

Origin of thiophene

1880–85; thio- + -phene, word-final variant of phen-
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Scientific definitions for thiophene

thiophene
[ thīə-fēn′ ]

A colorless liquid used as a solvent. The chemical properties of thiophene resemble those of benzene, which occurs with it in coal tar. Thiophene has a ring of four carbon atoms and one sulfur atom, and among its derivatives are biotin, various plant pigments, and some pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: C4H4S.
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