toluene


tol·u·ene

noun \ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn\

Definition of TOLUENE

:  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 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

tol·u·ene

noun \ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TOLUENE

: 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

toluene

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Colourless, flammable, toxic liquid hydrocarbon aromatic compound (CHCH), the methyl derivative of benzene. Found in coal-tar light oil and in petroleum, it is obtained chiefly from the processing of petroleum fractions. It is used as a solvent, diluent, and thinner; as an antiknock additive in airplane gasoline; and as a raw material for TNT, benzoic acid and its derivatives, saccharin, dyes, photographic chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

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