noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless liquid aldehyde with the odour of bitter almonds, used in the manufacture of dyes and perfumes.
- Chemical formula: C6H5CHO.
- 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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