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phthalic anhydride

noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C 8 H 4 O 3 , used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes, alkyd resins, and plasticizers.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • Definition: o-xylene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, used in the production of phthalic anhydride.
  • MA also is a byproduct of the production of phthalic anhydride.
  • Naphthalene's principal use is as an intermediate in the production of phthalic anhydride.
British Dictionary definitions for phthalic anhydride

phthalic anhydride

noun
1.
a white crystalline substance used mainly in producing dyestuffs. Formula: C6H4(CO)2O
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phthalic anhydride in Medicine

phthalic anhydride n.
A white crystalline compound prepared by oxidizing naphthalene and used in the manufacture of phthaleins and other dyes.

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phthalic anhydride in Science
phthalic anhydride  
A white crystalline compound prepared by oxidizing naphthalene and used in the manufacture of phthaleins and other dyes, resins, plasticizers, and insecticides. Chemical formula: C8H4O3.
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