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[an-l-in, -ahyn] /ˈæn l ɪn, -ˌaɪn/
Also called aniline oil, aminobenzine, phenylamine. Chemistry. a colorless, oily, slightly water-soluble liquid, C 6 H 5 NH 2 , usually derived from nitrobenzene by reduction: used chiefly in the synthesis of dyes and drugs.
pertaining to or derived from aniline:
aniline colors.
Also, anilin
[an-l-in] /ˈæn l ɪn/ (Show IPA)
1840-50; anil + -ine2 Unabridged
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Examples for aniline
  • Perkin had stumbled upon the first artificial aniline-based dye.
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/ˈænɪlɪn; -ˌliːn/
a colourless oily pungent poisonous liquid used in the manufacture of dyes, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and explosives. Formula: C6H5NH2 Also called phenylamine
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Word Origin and History for aniline
chemical base used in making colorful dyes, 1850, coined 1841 by Ger. chemist Carl Julius Fritzsche (18081871), ultimately from Port. anil "the indigo shrub," from Arabic an-nil "the indigo," assimilated from al-nil, from Pers. nila, ult. from Skt. nili "indigo," from nilah "dark blue."
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aniline in Medicine

aniline an·i·line or an·i·lin (ān'ə-lĭn)
An oily, poisonous benzene derivative used in the manufacture of dyes and pharmaceuticals. adj.
Derived from aniline.

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aniline in Science
A colorless, oily, poisonous compound used in the manufacture of rubber, dyes, resins, pharmaceuticals, and varnishes. Aniline is an amine of benzene. Chemical formula: C6H7N.
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