xylene

noun

xy·​lene ˈzī-ˌlēn How to pronounce xylene (audio)
: 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 Last week, Reuters reported that the company was fined for violating US Department of Transportation (DoT) rules regarding the movement of hazardous materials, including xylene, a toxic and flammable solvent sometimes used in tissue processing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2024 Ferns are fantastic for removing common airborne pollutants including formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 21 Aug. 2023 That’s because the Neo P1 is meant to capture and recycle dangerous air pollutants commonly found in homes called volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—namely formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene. Alex Chun, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2023 The lab found that values of benzene, toluene, xylenes and vinyl chloride were below the minimal risk levels for intermediate exposures as set by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Nicki Brown, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023 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 See More

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First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xylene was in 1851

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“Xylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xylene. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

xylene

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