benzidine ben·zi·dine (běn'zĭ-dēn')
A yellowish, white, or reddish-gray crystalline powder used in dyes and to detect blood.
|benzidine (běn'zĭ-dēn') Pronunciation Key
A yellowish, white, or reddish-gray crystalline powder that is produced synthetically and is carcinogenic. It is used in making dyes, as a reagent, and in detecting blood stains. Chemical formula: C12H12N2.
an organic chemical belonging to the class of amines and used in making numerous dyestuffs. The azo dyes derived from benzidine are important because, unlike simpler classes of azo dyes, they become strongly fixed to cotton without a mordant.
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