Definition of benzene in English:

benzene

Line breaks: ben|zene
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛnziːn
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
A colourless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in coal tar and petroleum, and used in chemical synthesis. Its use as a solvent has been reduced because of its carcinogenic properties.
  • Chemical formula: C6H6
More example sentences
  • The new targets relate to a number of chemicals including benzene, carbon monoxide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Cholesterol is soluble in chloroform, ether, benzene, or hot alcohol and other organic solvents.
  • City traffic is a significant source of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter, benzene, and carbon monoxide.

Origin

mid 19th century: from benzoic acid + -ene.

Definition of benzene in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌintərˈnesēn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict