nitrobenzene

noun

ni·​tro·​ben·​zene ˌnī-trō-ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce nitrobenzene (audio)
-ben-ˈzēn
: a poisonous yellow oily liquid C6H5NO2 with an almond odor that is used especially in chemical synthesis (as of aniline)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An equipment seal failure allowed the release of 26 pounds of sulfuric acid,1 pound of nitrobenzene and 22 pounds of benzene to be released in both vapor and liquid form. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nitrobenzene was in 1852

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“Nitrobenzene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrobenzene. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

nitrobenzene

noun
ni·​tro·​ben·​zene ˌnī-trō-ˈben-ˌzēn, -ben-ˈ How to pronounce nitrobenzene (audio)
: a poisonous yellow insoluble oil C6H5NO2 with an almond odor that is used especially as a solvent, as a mild oxidizing agent, and in making aniline

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