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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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


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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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