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cumene Syllabification: cu·mene
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞omēn/

Definition of cumene in English:


A liquid hydrocarbon made catalytically from benzene, chiefly as an intermediate in phenol synthesis.
Example sentences
  • With benzene, it is used to synthesize first cumene and then acetone and phenol.


Mid 19th century: from Latin cuminum 'cumin' + -ene.

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