Definition of cumene
: 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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