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
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Definition of benzene in:
- The US English dictionary