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

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Other Words from benzene

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

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Much of the town’s water was contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene after the fire melted many of the water system’s meters and pipes. Ashlyn Rollins, The Mercury News, "‘When will this end?’ Months after Camp Fire, living in Paradise still feels like ‘everybody’s in crisis’," 7 July 2019 An old store and gas station that wasn’t properly cleaned up is sending a plume of benzene through the ground, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "They’re in their 90s; the river looms ... and they don’t want government money.," 30 June 2019 But only one sample, from Saturday, had levels of benzene considered to be unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out," 26 Mar. 2019 On Thursday, residents were warned to stay inside for their own safety because of high levels of benzene in the air. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out," 26 Mar. 2019 Over the weekend, benzene levels in the air were very high near the site of the fire, but dropped significantly, according to monitoring by the Environmental Defense Fund. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out," 26 Mar. 2019 Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, the U.S. surgeon general has identified potentially toxic chemicals within the liquid cartridges, including benzene, nickel and lead. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 Further, Zeichner says that ingredients like propylene glycol, benzene, benzoic acid, and chlorhexidine can potentially cause irritation and even allergic contact dermatitis. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, the U.S. surgeon general has identified potentially toxic chemicals within the liquid cartridges, including benzene, nickel and lead. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018

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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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benzene

noun

English Language Learners Definition of benzene

: a liquid chemical that is used to make plastics, fuel for automobiles, and other substances

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 benzenoid (audio) \ adjective

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