benzene

noun
ben·zene | \ˈben-ˌzēn, 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 \ adjective or noun

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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 Keep in mind that gasoline is actually a mixture of chemicals including things like benzene and other relatively volatile hydrocarbons. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Gas mileage varies based on octane, geography," 1 July 2017 Overexposure to benzenes, toluene, herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, painting materials and lead might contribute to low sperm counts and exposure to x-rays or other radiation might alter sperm production, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 2018 Residents of a village near the Serbian capital, Belgrade, were warned not to use their wells after dozens of barrels of toxic waste containing carcinogenic benzene were found buried in Obrenovac. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Historic cemetery found on construction site of FBISD center," 9 Apr. 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, "Milwaukee bans e-cigarettes in public spaces," 21 June 2018 That amount of benzene, if accurate, would be the largest release of that chemical in the last four years, including what was released during Hurricane Harvey, according to the TCEQ. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Restart of operations at Freeport's Dow Chemical Plant to release carcinogens," 1 June 2018 The city was aided by the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, which dispatched a mobile van from California to track the toxic benzene plume. Time, "'Nothing Short of Catastrophic.' Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Worse Than Publicly Reported, Records Show," 22 Mar. 2018 Enbridge used mechanical tools to inspect their interior after two electric cables in the vicinity leaked 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluid containing mineral oil and benzene earlier this month. Washington Post, "Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through pipelines," 13 Apr. 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, ben-ˈ \

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 \ adjective

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