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triphenylmethane

[ trahy-fen-l-meth-eyn, -feen- ]
/ traɪˌfɛn lˈmɛθ eɪn, -ˌfin- /
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noun Chemistry.

a colorless, crystalline, solid compound containing three benzene rings, C19H16, from which many dyes are derived.

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Origin of triphenylmethane

First recorded in 1880–85; tri- + phenyl + methane
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How to use triphenylmethane in a sentence

  • The introduction of malachite green marks another epoch in the history of the technology of the triphenylmethane colours.

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British Dictionary definitions for triphenylmethane

triphenylmethane
/ (traɪˌfiːnaɪlˈmiːθeɪn, -ˌfɛn-) /

noun

a colourless crystalline solid used for the preparation of many dyes. Formula: (C 6 H 5) 3 CH
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