any of three oily, colorless, water-insoluble, flammable, toxic, isomeric liquids, C8H10, of the benzene series, obtained mostly from coal tar: used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes.
- Also called dimethylbenzene.
- Also xy·lol [zahy-lawl, -lol]. /ˈzaɪ lɔl, -lɒl/.
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How to use xylene in a sentence
Apart from the softening point the pitch is all the more valued the more constituents it contains which are soluble in xylene.
The musk deer may now be saved from extinction since we can make tri-nitro-butyl-xylene from coal tar.Creative Chemistry | Edwin E. Slosson
So is xylene, a chemical which will readily clean grease and fatty matter from the fingers.
The fingers should be wiped very lightly with either soap and water or xylene, always following the ridge contours.
If the substance dries too fast to permit proper photographing, the skin should be photographed while immersed in the xylene.
British Dictionary definitions for xylene
an aromatic hydrocarbon existing in three isomeric forms, all three being colourless flammable volatile liquids used as solvents and in the manufacture of synthetic resins, dyes, and insecticides; dimethylbenzene. Formula: C 6 H 4 (CH 3) 2: Also called: xylol
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Scientific definitions for xylene
A flammable hydrocarbon obtained from wood and coal tar. Xylene consists of a benzene ring with two methyl (CH3) groups attached, and occurs in three isomeric forms. It is used as a solvent, in jet fuel, and in the manufacture of dyes, fibers, perfumes, and films. Chemical formula: C8H10.
A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.
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