ben·​zyl | \ ˈben-ˌzēl How to pronounce benzyl (audio) , -zəl \

Definition of benzyl

: a monovalent radical C6H5CH2− derived from toluene

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Other Words from benzyl

benzylic \ ben-​ˈzi-​lik How to pronounce benzyl (audio) \ adjective

Examples of benzyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hirsch tells patients to hold off on starting other active skin-care ingredients, such as benzyl peroxide, hydroxy acids or vitamin C, when incorporating a retinoid. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 Initial testing indicated an elevated presence of benzyl chloride in a laboratory, the school said. Doha Madani, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2019 The employees charge that the synthetic material used in the clothes included chemicals like formaldehyde, cadmium and benzyl benzoate. CBS News, 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of benzyl

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzyl

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + -yl

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18 May 2021

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“Benzyl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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ben·​zyl | \ ˈben-ˌzēl How to pronounce benzyl (audio) , -zəl How to pronounce benzyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of benzyl

: a monovalent radical C6H5CH2 derived from toluene


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