ben·​zo·​phe·​none | \ ˌben-zō-fi-ˈnōn , -ˈfē-ˌnōn\

Definition of benzophenone

: a colorless crystalline ketone C13H10O used especially as a perfume fixative and in sunscreens also : a derivative of benzophenone

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And some studies have even shown that benzophenones (like the common sunscreen chemical oxybenzone) may possibly lead to fertility issues and cancer. Ning Chao, Marie Claire, "4 Myths About Sunscreen That You Definitely Believe Are True," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of benzophenone

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzophenone

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + phen- + -one

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ben·​zo·​phe·​none | \ ˌben-zō-fi-ˈnōn , -ˈfē-ˌnōn \

Medical Definition of benzophenone

: a colorless crystalline ketone C13H10O used chiefly in perfumery and sunscreens also : a derivative of benzophenone

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