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

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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, "13 Healthy, Non-Toxic Nail Polishes That Don’t Chip Immediately," 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, "Brighten Up Your Home This Winter With These Indoor Plants," 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, "Oil spill at ITC Deer Park facility closes Houston Ship Channel for three hours," 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, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 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, "Eyecatchers," 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, "Judge blocks Trump administration rollback of Obama methane rules," 23 Feb. 2018 The reports said air pollutants including benzene, toluene and xylene were released into the atmosphere. Washington Post, "Tank failures in Harvey reveal vulnerabilities in storm," 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, "Hurricane Harvey aftermath: Chemical plants already released 1 million pounds of extra air pollutants," 4 Sep. 2017

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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 6 May. 2021.

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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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