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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It is contaminated with benzene and toluene, both hazardous materials, said Tim Ratsep, a program administrator for Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which is cleaning the site.
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Origin and Etymology of toluene
French toluène, from tolu balsam from the tropical American tree Myroxylon balsamum, from Spanish tolú, from Santiago de Tolú, Colombia
First Known Use: 1855See Words from the same year
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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