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a colorless, volatile, flammable, toxic, slightly water-soluble, liquid, aromatic compound, C 6 H 6 , obtained chiefly from coal tar: used in the manufacture of commercial and medicinal chemicals, dyes, and as a solvent for resins, fats, or the like.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing Watson Smith
An Elementary Study of Chemistry William McPherson
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, July 1899 Various
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4 Various

a colourless flammable toxic aromatic liquid used in the manufacture of styrene, phenol, etc, as a solvent for fats, resins, etc, and as an insecticide. Formula: C6H6 See also benzene ring
A colorless flammable liquid derived from petroleum. Benzene is used to make detergents, insecticides, motor fuels, and many other chemical products. Chemical formula: C6H6. See more at benzene ring.

benzyl adjective


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  • Benzene hexachloride

    BHC. noun another name for hexachlorocyclohexane benzene hexachloride (hěk’sə-klôr’īd’) A musty-smelling crystalline substance that is used as an insecticide. It is prepared by adding chlorine to benzene. Also called hexachlorobenzene. Chemical formula: C6H6Cl6.

  • Benzene ring

    the graphic representation of the structure of benzene as a hexagon with a carbon atom at each of its points. Each carbon atom is united with an atom of hydrogen, one or more of which may be replaced to form benzene derivatives. Also called benzene nucleus. Compare cyclohexane, Kekulé’s formula, meta2 , ortho, para3 . […]

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