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[ben-zeen, ben-zeen] /ˈbɛn zin, bɛnˈzin/
a colorless, volatile, flammable, liquid mixture of various hydrocarbons, obtained in the distillation of petroleum, and used in cleaning, dyeing, etc.
Also, benzin
[ben-zin] /ˈbɛn zɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of benzine
1850-55; benz- + -ine2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for benzine
  • benzine is a mixture of aromatic hydrocarbons of similar boiling points derived from petroleum.
  • It is poisonous if swallowed, but it is not carcinogenic, as is the benzine in gasoline.
  • Clean greasy or oily surfaces with benzine or mineral spirits.
British Dictionary definitions for benzine


/ˈbɛnziːn; bɛnˈziːn/
a volatile mixture of the lighter aliphatic hydrocarbon constituents of petroleum See ligroin, petroleum ether
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Word Origin and History for benzine

see benzene.

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benzine in Medicine

benzine ben·zine (běn'zēn', běn-zēn') or ben·zin (běn'zĭn)

  1. A colorless, flammable, liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained in distilling petroleum, used in cleaning and dyeing and as a motor fuel; naphtha. Also called petroleum benzin.

  2. See benzene.

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