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toluene

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noun tol·u·ene \ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn\

Definition of toluene

  1. :  a liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C7H8 that resembles benzene but is less volatile, flammable, and toxic and is used especially as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and as an antiknock agent for gasoline



Origin and Etymology of toluene

French toluène, from tolu balsam from the tropical American tree Myroxylon balsamum, from Spanish tolú, from Santiago de Tolú, Colombia


First Known Use: 1855


Medical Dictionary

toluene

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noun tol·u·ene \ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn\

Medical Definition of toluene

  1. :  a liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C7H8 that resembles benzene but is less volatile, flammable, and toxic and is used as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and as an antiknock agent for gasoline—called also methylbenzene




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


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