[trahy-fen-l-meth-eyn, -feen-]

noun Chemistry.

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

Origin of triphenylmethane

First recorded in 1880–85; tri- + phenyl + methane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of triphenylmethane

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


    Raphael Meldola

British Dictionary definitions for triphenylmethane



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