|biphenyl (baɪˈfɛnəl, -ˈfiː-)|
|1.||a white or colourless crystalline solid used as a heat-transfer agent, as a fungicide, as an antifungal food preservative (E230) on the skins of citrus fruit, and in the manufacture of dyes, etc. Formula: C6H5C6H5|
|2.||any substituted derivative of biphenyl|
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biphenyl bi·phen·yl (bī-fěn'əl, -fē'nəl)
A colorless crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon used in fungicides and in organic synthesis. Also called diphenyl.
an aromatic hydrocarbon, used alone or with diphenyl ether as a heat-transfer fluid; chemical formula, C6H5C6H5. It may be isolated from coal tar; in the United States, it is manufactured on a large scale by the thermal dehydrogenation of benzene.
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