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 benzylic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of benzyl in a Sentence

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The employees charge that the synthetic material used in the clothes included chemicals like formaldehyde, cadmium and benzyl benzoate. CBS News, "American Airlines workers sue maker of uniforms that allegedly caused illnesses," 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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The first known use of benzyl was in 1833

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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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