benzene /ˈbɛnziːn/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a colourless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in coal tar and petroleum, and used in chemical synthesis. Its use as a solvent has been reduced because of its carcinogenic properties.

●Chem. formula: C6H6.
– origin mid 19th cent.: from benzoic acid + -ene.

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