ben·​zo·​qui·​none ˌben-zō-kwi-ˈnōn How to pronounce benzoquinone (audio)

Examples of benzoquinone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the solvent cells are clearly derived from the exoskeleton membrane cells, the developmental origin of the novel benzoquinone-producing cells is still mysterious. Quanta Magazine, 16 Aug. 2021 Bombardier beetles spew irritating benzoquinones from their abdomens, and fire salamanders spray toxins from their glands over a foot away. National Geographic, 7 Jan. 2020 To create their spray, the beetles combine hydrogen peroxide with hydroquinones, which explodes into an irritating spray of benzoquinone. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of benzoquinone was in 1872

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“Benzoquinone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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ben·​zo·​qui·​none ˌben-zō-kwin-ˈōn How to pronounce benzoquinone (audio) -ˈkwin-ˌ How to pronounce benzoquinone (audio)
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