cyclohexane

[sahy-kluh-hek-seyn, sik-luh-]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, pungent, flammable liquid, C 6 H 12 , composed of a ring of six methylene groups, derived from crude petroleum by distillation or from benzene by hydrogenation: used chiefly as a solvent and in the manufacture of adipic acid.


Origin:
1920–25; cyclo- + hexane

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cyclohexane (ˌsaɪkləʊˈhɛkseɪn, ˌsɪk-)
 
n
a colourless insoluble flammable liquid cycloalkane with a pungent odour, made by hydrogenation of benzene and used as a paint remover and solvent. Formula: C6H12

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cyclohexane   (sī'klō-hěk'sān')  Pronunciation Key 
An extremely flammable, colorless liquid obtained from petroleum and benzene. It is used to make nylon and as a solvent, paint, and varnish remover. Chemical formula: C6H12.
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On an industrial scale, cyclohexane is produced by reacting benzene with hydrogen.
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