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 benzene (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of benzene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kimberly Terrell, a staff scientist at Tulane University’s Environmental Law Clinic, calculates that Formosa’s plant would emit 95 tons of cancer-causing chemicals a year, including hexane, carbon monoxide and benzene. Washington Post, "Huge plastics plant faces calls for environmental justice, stiff economic headwinds," 19 Apr. 2021 The leading brand of hand sanitizer, Purell, and many others had no detectable levels of benzene. CBS News, "Study finds carcinogen above FDA limit in several hand sanitizer brands," 29 Mar. 2021 Valisure's testing found 44 batches that contained the highest level of benzene at 16.1 parts per million (ppm). Frank Miles, Fox News, "Potential cancer causing hand sanitizers found by online pharmacy," 25 Mar. 2021 Valisure analyzed 260 bottles from 168 brands and found 17% of the samples contained detectable levels of benzene. Anna Edney, chicagotribune.com, "Some hand sanitizers used to fight COVID-19 found to be tainted with cancer-causing chemical," 24 Mar. 2021 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 In the study, published this week in the journal Environment International, Reddam and her co-author, environmental toxicology professor David Volz, calculated the daily dose of benzene and formaldehyde being inhaled by drivers. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Stuck in traffic? Americans with longer commutes could be inhaling dangerously high levels of carcinogens, study says.," 17 Feb. 2021 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of benzene was in 1833

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2 May 2021

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“Benzene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzene. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 benzene (audio) \ adjective

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