Meaning of benzoyl peroxide

ben'zoyl perox'ide

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, explosive solid, CHO, used chiefly as a bleaching agent for flour, fats, oils, and waxes, and as a catalyst in polymerization reactions.
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