Definition of benzene in English:

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benzene

Pronunciation: /ˈbenˌzēn/
/benˈzēn/

noun

A colorless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in coal tar and petroleum, used in chemical synthesis. Its use as a solvent has been reduced because of its carcinogenic properties.
  • Chemical formula: C6H6.
Example sentences
  • The new targets relate to a number of chemicals including benzene, carbon monoxide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Cholesterol is soluble in chloroform, ether, benzene, or hot alcohol and other organic solvents.
  • City traffic is a significant source of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter, benzene, and carbon monoxide.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from benzoin + -ene.

Words that rhyme with benzene

benzine

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ben·zene

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