Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) a colorless liquid hydrocarbon; highly inflammable; carcinogenic; the simplest of the aromatic compounds

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Synonyms of Benzene

benzine, benzol

Alternate forms of Benzene

Hyponyms: benzene formula, benzene nucleus, benzene ring, kekule formula

Hypernyms: aromatic hydrocarbon

Origin of the word Benzene

  1. 1835, benzine, from Ger. Benzin, coined in 1833 by Ger. chemist Eilhardt Mitscherlich (1794-1863) from Benz(oes?ure) "benzoic acid." Mitscherlich obtained it from a distillation of benzoic acid, obtained from benzoin (q.v.). The form benzene dates from 1872 in English. more

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