toluene

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Formaldehyde, d-Limonene, toluene, acetone, and ethanol (and more) fall within this category. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Are Zero-VOC Paints? 9 Brands to Add Color to Your Home Without Harmful Chemicals," 12 June 2020 In this case, hydrogen is blended with methylbenzene (toluene) to make methylcyclohexane. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The First International Hydrogen Supply Chain Is a Big Deal," 29 Apr. 2020 According to a Clean Air Study conducted by NASA, indoor plants can also remove toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air — proving to have added health benefits. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Brighten Up Your Home This Winter With These Indoor Plants," 21 Jan. 2020 In addition to its climate impacts, petrochemical production can release airborne toxins such as 1,3-Butadiene, benzene, and toluene, causing cancer and other illnesses. Beth Gardiner, Wired, "A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet," 20 Jan. 2020 Another study conducted that year in Michigan found concentrations of toluene at over 100 parts per billion, which is roughly 30 times higher than reported urban outdoor levels. Aaron Lamplugh, The Conversation, "Nail salon workers suffer chemical exposures that can be like working at a garage or a refinery," 21 Nov. 2019 These chemicals—such as benzene, toluene, naphthalene, anthracene, and phenol—form the basis for perfumes, explosives, and medicines. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The science of what makes coal so dirty," 23 Oct. 2019 This shouldn’t be surprising, given the ingredients in hair products, including formaldehyde (known carcinogen), toluene (neurological and developmental toxicant), sodium hydroxide (lye), and triphenyl phosphate (suspected endocrine disruptor). Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 Writers often cite a 2009 study by South Carolina State University researchers that claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful chemicals such as toluene. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toluene. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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toluene

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

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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