al·​kyl·​ben·​zene ¦al-kəl-ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce alkylbenzene (audio)
plural alkylbenzenes
: a compound of one or more alkyl radicals combined with benzene
The fluid is a common, mass-produced petrochemical called linear alkylbenzene … used to make clear detergents, like liquid hand soap. Diana Steele, Science News, 17 Jan. 2009

Word History


alkyl entry 1 + benzene

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkylbenzene was in 1881

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“Alkylbenzene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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