chlo·​ro·​ben·​zene ˌklȯr-ō-ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce chlorobenzene (audio)
: a colorless flammable volatile toxic liquid C6H5Cl used in organic synthesis (as of DDT) and as a solvent

Examples of chlorobenzene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The process can create air and water pollution problems and has been tied to harmful contaminants such as naphthalene, benzene, toluene, chlorobenzene, benzo(a)pyrene and others. Dennis Pillion |, al, 14 July 2023 Also released in liquid form were 667 pounds of chlorobenzene, 3 pounds of hydrochloric acid, 292 pounds of MDI and 21 pounds of phosgene. Mark Schleifstein,, 3 Jan. 2021 The company later said chemicals released to the air included 0.62 pounds of phosgene and 0.1 pound of chlorobenzene. Mark Schleifstein,, 3 Jan. 2021 The observed barrels are falling apart, and the soil and groundwater around them tests high for related contaminants toluene, chlorobenzene, phenol and heavy metals, according to DEQ documents. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2018 Groundwater samples showed that the amount of chlorobenzene, which is used to make herbicides and can damage the nervous system, liver and kidneys, exceeded the national standard by more than 94,000 times, according to Chinese news reports. Javier C. HernÁndez, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chlorobenzene was circa 1889

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“Chlorobenzene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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