Definition of xylene in English:

xylene

Syllabification: xy·lene
Pronunciation: /ˈzīlēn
 
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noun

Chemistry
A volatile liquid hydrocarbon obtained by distilling wood, coal tar, or petroleum, and used in fuels and solvents, and in chemical synthesis.
  • Alternative name: dimethylbenzene; chemical formula: C6H4(CH3)2; three isomers
More example sentences
  • Petroleum fuels contain several toxic compounds, including benzene, toluene and xylene - all considered carcinogens.
  • Fuels such as petroleum are mixtures of various hydrocarbons, and may contain benzene, toluene, xylene, and styrene, and other components.
  • If you do insist on using solvents, avoid low-flash point solvents like gasoline, xylene, lacquer thinner, etc. which are dangerously flammable.

Origin

mid 19th century: from xylo- 'of wood' + -ene.

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