naphthalene

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noun naph·tha·lene \ˈnaf-thə-ˌlēn, ÷ˈnap-\

Definition of naphthalene

  1. :  a crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon C10H8 usually obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially in organic synthesis

Origin and Etymology of naphthalene

alteration of earlier naphthaline, irregular from naphtha


First Known Use: 1821


Medical Dictionary

naphthalene

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noun naph·tha·lene \-ˌlēn\

Medical Definition of naphthalene

  1. :  a crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon C10H8 usually obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially in organic synthesis and formerly as a topical and intestinal antiseptic

naphthalenic

\ˌnaf-thə-ˈlen-ik, ˌnap-, -ˈlēn-\play play adjective


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