noun[mass noun] Chemistry
- A liquid hydrocarbon made catalytically from benzene, chiefly as an intermediate in phenol synthesis.
More example sentences
- Alternative name: isopropyl benzene; chemical formula: C6H5CH(CH3)2
- With benzene, it is used to synthesize first cumene and then acetone and phenol.
mid 19th century: from Latin cuminum 'cumin' + -ene.
More definitions of cumeneDefinition of cumene in:
- The US English dictionary