Definition of benzene
: a colorless volatile flammable toxic liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C6H6 used in organic synthesis, as a solvent, and as a motor fuel
benzenoidplay \ˈben-zə-ˌnȯid\ adjective or noun
Recent Examples of benzene from the Web
Benzene is a naturally occurring carcinogen that makes up one percent of gasoline, and according to the EPA would only cost one-thousandth of a cent per gallon to remove.
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Origin and Etymology of benzene
International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + -ene
First Known Use: 1833See Words from the same year
BENZENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of benzene for English Language Learners
: a liquid chemical that is used to make plastics, fuel for automobiles, and other substances
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