toluene

noun

tol·​u·​ene ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn How to pronounce toluene (audio)
: 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

Examples of toluene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, as Hidalgo noted, the EPA is still years behind updating its risk standards for other harmful air toxics, including ethylene, toluene and propylene. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 16 Apr. 2024 The health department wanted the refinery to pull samples for more pollutants, and under the settlement agreement, the company will also monitor for toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes, Ogletree said. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 5 Feb. 2024 Discharges from this process risk releasing hazardous chemicals from gasoline, like benzene and toluene, in contaminated groundwater. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 23 Jan. 2024 The patient's scalp, face and neck were cleaned with paint thinner (60% toluene). Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Ferns are fantastic for removing common airborne pollutants including formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 21 Aug. 2023 The process can create air and water pollution problems and has been tied to harmful contaminants such as naphthalene, benzene, toluene, chlorobenzene, benzo(a)pyrene and others. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 14 July 2023 In 2021, the Newburyport plant used more than 100,000 pounds of toluene, methanol, and methylene chloride, according to Heather Tenney of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2023 Formaldehyde, d-Limonene, toluene, acetone, and ethanol (and more) fall within this category. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toluene was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Toluene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toluene. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

toluene

noun
tol·​u·​ene ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn How to pronounce toluene (audio)
: 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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