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benzaldehyde Line breaks: ben¦zal¦de|hyde
Pronunciation: /bɛnˈzaldɪhʌɪd/

Definition of benzaldehyde in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless liquid aldehyde with the odour of bitter almonds, used in the manufacture of dyes and perfumes.
Example sentences
  • In 1933, while researching the effects of high pressure on chemical reactants, a fellow scientist managed to produce a waxy solid from ethylene and benzaldehyde.
  • It is thought that the distinguishing volatile compounds include the volatile phenols, benzaldehyde, vinylbenzene, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl vanillate, and methyl vanillate.
  • This herb contains amygdalin which hydrolizes into benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid.

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