chloranil

noun
chlor·​an·​il | \ klōrˈanᵊl, ˈklorəˌnil \
plural -s

Definition of chloranil

: a bright yellow crystalline compound C6Cl4O2 made usually by chlorination and oxidation of phenol or aniline and used chiefly in dye manufacture and as a seed disinfectant; tetrachloro-quinone

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History and Etymology for chloranil

German, from chlor- + anilin aniline

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“Chloranil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chloranil. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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