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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biphenyl.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of biphenyl

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biphenyl

International Scientific Vocabulary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About biphenyl

Time Traveler for biphenyl

Time Traveler

The first known use of biphenyl was in 1864

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near biphenyl

biphasic

biphenyl

biphonemic

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for biphenyl

Cite this Entry

“Biphenyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biphenyl. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for biphenyl

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

More from Merriam-Webster on biphenyl

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about biphenyl

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!