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[nahy-troh-ben-zeen, -ben-zeen] /ˌnaɪ troʊˈbɛn zin, -bɛnˈzin/
noun, Chemistry
a pale yellow, toxic, water-soluble liquid, C 6 H 5 NO 2 , produced by nitrating benzene with nitric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of aniline.
Also called nitrobenzol
[nahy-troh-ben-zawl, -zol] /ˌnaɪ troʊˈbɛn zɔl, -zɒl/ (Show IPA)
1865-70; nitro- + benzene Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrobenzene


a yellow oily toxic water-insoluble liquid compound, used as a solvent and in the manufacture of aniline. Formula: C6H5NO2
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Encyclopedia Article for nitrobenzene

the simplest aromatic nitro compound, having the molecular formula C6H5NO2. It is used in the manufacture of aniline, benzidine, and other organic chemicals. Nitrobenzene is a colourless to pale yellow, oily, highly toxic liquid with the odour of bitter almonds.

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