plural -s
: a colorless toxic oily compound C6H5CN of almond-oil odor made by fusing a mixture of sodium cyanide and sodium benzenesulfonate and in other ways and used chiefly as a solvent for synthetic resins

called also cyanobenzene, phenyl cyanide

Word History


German benzonitril, from benz- + nitril nitrile

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“Benzonitrile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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