Meaning of toluene


Pronunciation: (tol'y-ēn"), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless, water-insoluble, flammable liquid, CH, having a benzenelike odor, obtained chiefly from coal tar and petroleum: used as a solvent in the manufacture of benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, TNT, and other organic compounds. Also called methylbenzene, phenylmethane.
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