biphenyl

noun
bi·​phe·​nyl | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈfe-nᵊl How to pronounce biphenyl (audio) , -ˈfē- How to pronounce biphenyl (audio) \

Definition of biphenyl

: a white crystalline hydrocarbon C6H5·C6H5 used especially as a heat-transfer medium and in organic synthesis also : a derivative of biphenyl

Examples of biphenyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swann had financed the conversion of benzene into biphenyl, and now biphenyl into PCBs. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of biphenyl

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Biphenyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biphenyl. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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biphenyl

noun
bi·​phe·​nyl | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈfen-ᵊl How to pronounce biphenyl (audio) , -ˈfēn- How to pronounce biphenyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of biphenyl

: a white crystalline hydrocarbon C6H5·C6H5

called also diphenyl

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