toluene

noun
tol·​u·​ene | \ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn \

Definition of toluene 

: a liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C7H8 that resembles benzene but is less volatile, flammable, and toxic and is used especially as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and as an antiknock agent for gasoline

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Some polishes include potential cancer-causing chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure," 16 July 2018 Overexposure to benzenes, toluene, herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, painting materials and lead might contribute to low sperm counts and exposure to x-rays or other radiation might alter sperm production, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 2018 His team first tried recreating the 1986 experiment, in which researchers got T. auensis to make toluene. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "In 1986, scientists found fuel-producing bacteria at the bottom of a Swiss lake. Now, they know how it works," 21 Mar. 2018 The shade, named for the flowering shrub, gives just a pop of color and is eight-free — no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate and parabens — vegan and cruelty free. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 22 Mar. 2018 The observed barrels are falling apart, and the soil and groundwater around them tests high for related contaminants toluene, chlorobenzene, phenol and heavy metals, according to DEQ documents. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "At Detroit River site, DEQ continues to dig up old Chrysler plant's buried, polluted past," 22 Mar. 2018 Trade in the paraffin kind, which can release icky chemicals like alkens and toluene, for a cleaner burn with beeswax. Allison Young, Sunset, "Top 10 Holistic Home Products," 22 Jan. 2018 Harmful chemicals such as toluene in aerosols and difluoroethane in compressed air cleaners are what cause the high, which lasts for a few minutes. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Huffing? Man Found Dead in New York Beside 22 Aerosol Cans and One in His Mouth," 19 Feb. 2018 And methane comes laden with other toxic pollutants, like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and other smog-forming organic compounds. James Rainey, NBC News, "Judge blocks Trump administration rollback of Obama methane rules," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of toluene

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toluene

French toluène, from tolu balsam from the tropical American tree Myroxylon balsamum, from Spanish tolú, from Santiago de Tolú, Colombia

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toluene

noun
tol·​u·​ene | \ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn \

Medical Definition of toluene 

: a liquid aromatic hydrocarbon C7H8 that resembles benzene but is less volatile, flammable, and toxic and is used as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and as an antiknock agent for gasoline

called also methylbenzene

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