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[thahy-uh-feen] /ˈθaɪ əˌfin/
noun, Chemistry
a water-insoluble, colorless liquid, C 4 H 4 S, resembling benzene, occurring in crude coal-tar benzene: used chiefly as a solvent and in organic synthesis.
Also, thiophen
[thahy-uh-fen] /ˈθaɪ əˌfɛn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of thiophene
1880-85; thio- + -phene, word-final variant of phen- Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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A colorless liquid used as a solvent. The chemical properties of thiophene resemble those of benzene, which occurs with it in coal tar. Thiophene has a ring of four carbon atoms and one sulfur atom, and among its derivatives are biotin, various plant pigments, and some pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: C4H4S.
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