Meaning of benzene


Pronunciation: (ben'zēn, ben-zēn'), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless, volatile, flammable, toxic, slightly water-soluble, liquid, aromatic compound, CH, 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.
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