benzene

noun

ben·​zene ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce benzene (audio)
ben-ˈ
: a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel
benzenoid adjective or noun

Examples of benzene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Environmental regulators say that the local air and water samples have contained elevated levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical that evaporates easily. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Her blood also tested positive for benzene, another chemical found in the crash. Alex Presha, ABC News, 2 Feb. 2024 But victims are still waiting for closure Drinking water at Camp Lejeune was heavily contaminated with a number of cancer-causing industrial chemicals, including trichloroethylene or TCE, vinyl chloride and benzene, from 1953 to 1985. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 The polluted water oozing out of Chiquita Canyon contains cancer-causing benzene and other chemicals, which environmental regulators fear is vaporizing and drifting into nearby communities. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Batiste dry shampoo and the marketing company Church & Dwight, Co. Inc. agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over benzene found in its aerosol spray cans. Eden Villalovas, Washington Examiner, 14 Nov. 2023 Researchers from Stanford University and nonprofit PSE Healthy Energy tested gas and propane stoves in 87 homes across California and Colorado and found that every appliance produced a detectable amount of cancer-causing benzene — a chemical with no safe level of exposure. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 They could also be produced by physical or chemical agents: radiation, ultraviolet light, benzene. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 Occupational hazards, such as exposure to asbestos, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, coal tar, disease fuel emissions, formaldehyde, and medical radiation, can all increase the risk of lung cancer. Eva Epker, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + -ene

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of benzene was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Benzene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzene. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

benzene

noun
ben·​zene ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce benzene (audio)
ben-ˈzēn
: a colorless flammable liquid that evaporates easily and is used to make or dissolve other chemicals or as a motor fuel

Medical Definition

benzene

noun
ben·​zene ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce benzene (audio) ben-ˈ How to pronounce benzene (audio)
: a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel

called also benzol

benzenoid adjective

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