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naphthalene

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noun naph·tha·lene \-ˌlēn\

Definition of naphthalene

  1. :  a crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon C10H8 usually obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially in organic synthesis



Origin of naphthalene

alteration of earlier naphthaline, irregular from naphtha


First Known Use: 1821


Medical Dictionary

naphthalene

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noun naph·tha·lene \-ˌlēn\

Medical Definition of naphthalene

  1. :  a crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon C10H8 usually obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially in organic synthesis and formerly as a topical and intestinal antiseptic

  2. naph·tha·len·ic \ˌnaf-thə-ˈlen-ik, ˌnap-, -ˈlēn-\play play adjective





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