benzaldehyde

[ben-zal-duh-hahyd]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless or yellowish, water-soluble, volatile oil, C 7 H 6 O, having a bitter, almondlike odor, used chiefly in the organic synthesis of dyes, perfumes, and flavors, and as a solvent; artificial oil of bitter almond.
Also called benzoic aldehyde.


Origin:
1865–70; < German; see benz-, aldehyde

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benzaldehyde (bɛnˈzældɪˌhaɪd)
 
n
Systematic name: benzenecarbaldehyde a yellowish fragrant volatile oil occurring in almond kernels and used in the manufacture of dyes, perfumes, and flavourings and as a solvent for oils and resins. Formula: C6H5CHO

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benzaldehyde   (běn-zāl'də-hīd')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless aromatic oil that smells like almonds. It is obtained naturally from certain nuts and plant leaves, or made synthetically. It is used in perfumes and as a solvent and flavoring. Chemical formula: C7H6O.
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benzaldehyde

the simplest representative of the aromatic aldehydes, occurring naturally as the glycoside amygdalin. Prepared synthetically, it is used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes, cinnamic acid, and other organic compounds, and to some extent in perfumes and flavouring agents

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