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benzol Line breaks: ben¦zol
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛnzɒl/
(also benzole ˈbɛnzəʊl)

Definition of benzol in English:


[mass noun]
Crude benzene used as a fuel.
Example sentences
  • In addition to the tyres, the shed also contained a number of 45-gallon drums of benzole, rubber solution and paraffin.
  • For example, chloroform causes liver cancer in female but not male mice; and though benzol and arsenic are carcinogenic in humans, they ‘are not so in any of the rodent species commonly used in experimental laboratories’.
  • The air reeked of oil, fat, benzole and burnt flesh.


Mid 19th century: from benzoic acid + -ol.

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