noun cu·mene \ˈkyü(ˌ)mēn\

Definition of cumene



  1. :  a colorless oily hydrocarbon (CH3)2CHC6H5 obtained by acid-catalyzed alkylation of benzene with propylene and used as an additive for high-octane motor fuel; isopropyl-benzene

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Origin and Etymology of cumene

International Scientific Vocabulary cum- + -ene; originally formed as French cumène

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