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biphenyl

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noun bi·phe·nyl \(ˌ)bī-ˈfe-nəl, -ˈfē-\

Definition of biphenyl

  1. :  a white crystalline hydrocarbon C6H5·C6H5 used especially as a heat-transfer medium and in organic synthesis; also :  a derivative of biphenyl



Origin and Etymology of biphenyl

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1923


Medical Dictionary

biphenyl

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noun bi·phe·nyl \(ˈ)bī-ˈfen-əl, -ˈfēn-\

Medical Definition of biphenyl

  1. :  a white crystalline hydrocarbon C6H5·C6H5—called also diphenyl




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of biphenyl Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about biphenyl


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