benzene ring


Definition of benzene ring

: a structural arrangement of atoms in benzene and other aromatic compounds that consists of a planar symmetrical hexagon of six carbon atoms which derives added stability from the delocalization of certain bonding electrons over the entire ring — compare meta- sense 4a, orth- sense 4b, para- entry 1 sense 2b

First Known Use of benzene ring

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Benzene ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of benzene ring

: a plane symmetrical ring of six carbon atoms which is characteristic of benzene and related aromatic compounds and in which the electrons forming three conjugated double bonds are distributed over the entire ring

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