Definitions of benzene

  1. a colorless liquid hydrocarbon; highly inflammable; carcinogenic Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a colorless liquid hydrocarbon; highly inflammable; carcinogenic; the simplest of the aromatic compounds Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. A volatile, very inflammable liquid, C6H6, contained in the naphtha produced by the destructive distillation of coal, from which it is separated by fractional distillation. The name is sometimes applied also to the impure commercial product or benzole, and also, but rarely, to a similar mixed product of petroleum. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Toxic, volatile, flammable liquid hydrocarbon biproduct of coal distillation. It is used as an industrial solvent in paints, varnishes, lacquer thinners, gasoline, etc. Benzene causes central nervous system damage acutely and bone marrow damage chronically and is carcinogenic. It was formerly used as parasiticide. Medical Dictionary DB
  5. A liquid which evaporates quickly and is very easily set on fire, obtained commercially from coal-tar, and used in gas, in the manufacture of dyes, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A colorless, inflammable liquid obtained chiefly from coal - tar. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. ben'z[=e]n, n. a compound of carbon and hydrogen, discovered by Faraday in 1825, in a tarry liquid resulting from the distillation of oil. It is found amongst the products of the destructive distillation of a great many organic bodies, but the most abundant source is coal-tar. It must not be confounded with benzine or benzoyl, which names have at different times been used for benzene.--BEN'ZINE is the name given to a distillate from American petroleum, which is much used as a substitute for turpentine, and for dissolving oils and fats; BEN'ZOYL is the commercial name applied to a mixture of substances, including benzene and its homologues.--BEN'ZOL is synonymous with benzene, while BEN'ZOLINE is a name applied to benzine and impure benzene indiscriminately. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  8. Benzole. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  9. -ine, n. Aromatic hydrocarbon used for removing grease stains. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  10. A liquid hydrocarbon, C6H6, from coal-tar. American pocket medical dictionary.

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