benzene

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ben·zene

noun \ˈben-ˌzēn, ben-ˈ\

: a liquid chemical that is used to make plastics, fuel for automobiles, and other substances

Full Definition of BENZENE

:  a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel
ben·ze·noid \ˈben-zə-ˌnid\ adjective or noun

Origin of BENZENE

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + -ene
First Known Use: 1835

ben·zene

noun \ˈben-ˌzēn, ben-ˈ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BENZENE

: a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel—called also benzol
ben·ze·noid \ˈben-zə-ˌnid\ adjective

benzene

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Simplest aromatic hydrocarbon (see aromatic compound), parent substance of a large class of chemical compounds. It was discovered in 1825 by Michael Faraday. The chemical formula is CH; August Kekule von Stradonitz in 1865 was the first to propose the correct structure, a six-membered ring of carbon atoms, each with one hydrogen atom bonded to it (see bonding). Although benzene is often represented with alternating single and double bonds between carbon atoms, the electrons in the bonds are shared or delocalized in such a way as to make all carbon-carbon bonds alike. Benzene is a colourless, mobile liquid with a characteristic odour. An excellent solvent, it is also widely used as a starting material for many plastics, dyes, detergents, insecticides, and other industrial chemicals. Benzene is highly toxic, and long exposure may cause leukemia.

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