xylene

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noun xy·lene \ˈzī-ˌlēn\

Definition of xylene

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of xylene

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1851


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xylene

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noun xy·lene \ˈzī-ˌlēn\

Medical Definition of xylene

  1. :  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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