benzene

noun
ben·​zene | \ ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce benzene (audio) , ben-ˈ \

Definition of benzene

: a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel

Other Words from benzene

benzenoid \ ˈben-​zə-​ˌnȯid How to pronounce benzene (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of benzene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chemical of concern is the carcinogen benzene, a flammable and colorless liquid used to make other chemicals and can be hazardous to humans, according to the Michigan state health agency. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 5 Sep. 2021 Note: In 2021, a number of sunscreens were recalled after tests identified low levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical compound. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 This includes polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, formaldehyde, phenols, and heavy metals. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 13 May 2022 However, exposure to methanol and benzene can be dangerous. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Apr. 2022 The releases also pose risks to workers, who are equipped with respirators to protect them from hydrocarbons like benzene, which is dangerous to breathe at certain levels. Elizabeth Harball, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 Antiperspirant sprays due to elevated levels of benzene. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 That recall action followed the detection of elevated levels of benzene in those deodorant brands. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 Apr. 2022 The contractors shoveling snow are equipped with respirators, because the broken valves are allowing the release of hydrocarbons like benzene — a carcinogenic chemical that is dangerous at high levels of exposure. Elizabeth Harball, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of benzene

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzene

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + -ene

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19 Jun 2022

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“Benzene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzene. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for benzene

benzene

noun
ben·​zene | \ ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce benzene (audio) , ben-ˈ How to pronounce benzene (audio) \

Medical Definition of benzene

: a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel

called also benzol

Other Words from benzene

benzenoid \ ˈben-​zə-​ˌnȯid How to pronounce benzene (audio) \ adjective

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Nglish: Translation of benzene for Spanish Speakers

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