- An aromatic hydrocarbon of formula C6H6 whose structure consists of a ring of alternate single and double bonds.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Ben"zene (&?;), n. [From Benzoin.]
(Chem.) A volatile, very inflammable liquid,
C6H6, contained in the naphtha produced by the
destructive distillation of coal, from which it is separated by fractional
distillation. The name is sometimes applied also to the impure commercial
product or benzole, and also, but rarely, to a similar mixed product
Benzene nucleus, Benzene ring
(Chem.), a closed chain or ring, consisting of six carbon atoms,
each with one hydrogen atom attached, regarded as the type from which the
aromatic compounds are derived. This ring formula is provisionally accepted
as representing the probable constitution of the benzene molecule,
C6H6, and as the type on which its derivatives are
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Benzene, a substance compounded of carbon and hydrogen, obtained by
destructive distillation from coal-tar and other organic bodies, used as
a substitute for turpentine and for dissolving grease.
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