xylene

noun
xy·​lene | \ ˈzī-ˌlēn How to pronounce xylene (audio) \

Definition of xylene

: any of three toxic flammable oily isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons C8H10 that are di-methyl homologues of benzene and are usually obtained from petroleum or natural gas distillates also : a mixture of xylenes and ethyl benzene used chiefly as a solvent

Examples of xylene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many non-toxic nail polishes are now going further, though, to eliminate others like formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and TPHP. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, 17 Feb. 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, 21 Jan. 2020 The blaze -- which burned for 64 hours and spread to 11 tanks filled with gasoline blend stocks, naphtha, xylene and pygas -- sent a miles-long plume of black smoke over the Houston area for several days. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2019 First: Reader discretion is advised The Ultra-Ever Dry coatings in their liquid state are based on xylene (bottom coat) and acetone (top coat) and emit powerful amounts of fumes. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 4 July 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, 22 Mar. 2018 And methane comes laden with other toxic pollutants, like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and other smog-forming organic compounds. James Rainey, NBC News, 23 Feb. 2018 The reports said air pollutants including benzene, toluene and xylene were released into the atmosphere. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2017 The chemicals released in the week after Harvey made landfall include benzene, 1,3-butadiene, hexane, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, toluene and xylene. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of xylene

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Xylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xylene. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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xylene

noun
xy·​lene | \ ˈzī-ˌlēn How to pronounce xylene (audio) \

Medical Definition of xylene

: any of three toxic flammable oily isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons C8H10 that are dimethyl homologues of benzene and are usually obtained from petroleum or natural gas distillates also : a commercial mixture of xylenes used chiefly as a solvent

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