cyclooctatetraene

noun

cy·​clo·​octa·​tet·​ra·​ene
plural -s
: a liquid unsaturated cyclic hydrocarbon C8H8 that resembles benzene in its cyclic completely conjugated structure but is much more reactive than benzene and is usually made by catalytic polymerization of acetylene under pressure

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary cycl- + octa- + tetra- + -ene

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“Cyclooctatetraene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclooctatetraene. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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