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ferrocene

[fer-uh-seen] /ˈfɛr əˌsin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
Also called dicyclopentadienyliron. an orange, crystalline, water-insoluble coordination compound, (C 5 H 5) 2 Fe, having a camphorlike odor: used chiefly as an antiknock agent for gasoline and as a catalyst.
Compare metallocene.
2.
Also called dicyclopentadienyl metal. any of a class of analogous compounds containing a metal other than iron, as nickel or osmium.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; ferro- + c(yclopentadi)ene
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British Dictionary definitions for ferrocene

ferrocene

/ˈfɛrəʊˌsiːn/
noun
1.
a reddish-orange insoluble crystalline compound. Its molecules have an iron atom sandwiched between two cyclopentadiene rings. Formula: Fe(C5H5)2
Word Origin
C20: from ferro- + c(yclopentadi)ene
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the earliest and best known of the so-called sandwich compounds; these are derivatives of transition metals in which two organic ring systems are bonded symmetrically to the metal atom. Its molecular formula is (C5H5)2Fe.

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