Definition of naphtha in English:

naphtha

Line breaks: naph|tha
Pronunciation: /ˈnafθə
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A flammable oil containing various hydrocarbons, obtained by the dry distillation of organic substances such as coal, shale, or petroleum.
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    • Use a good grade of naphtha, isopropyl alcohol, or butyl cellosolve on polycarbonate domes.
    • To avoid having sodium react with oxygen or water vapor in the air, it is usually stored under kerosene, naphtha, or some other organic liquid with which it does not react.
    • The temblor and subsequent aftershocks are believed to have dislodged the cover of the tank, which was filled with 26,000 kiloliters of naphtha - a highly flammable petroleum byproduct.

Origin

late Middle English napte, from Latin naphtha from Greek, of oriental origin; the Latin spelling was introduced in the late 16th century.

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