car·​bene | \ ˈkärˌbēn \
plural -s

Definition of carbene

1 : one of the components of bitumen soluble in carbon disulfide but insoluble in carbon tetrachloride usually used in plural — compare asphaltene
2 : any of a class of usually highly reactive chemical compounds containing an uncharged divalent carbon atom that are formed especially as intermediates in chemical reactions

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carb- + -ene

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“Carbene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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