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benzene, benzin, benzine

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(ben′zēn″, ben-zēn′)


[benz(oin) + -ene]
C6H6, a highly flammable volatile organic compound that is the simplest member of the aromatic series of hydrocarbons. It is composed of six carbon atoms in a ring and has one hydrogen atom attached to each carbon atom. It is immiscible with water, dissolves fats, and is used as a solvent and in the synthesis of dyes and drugs.
SYN: SEE: benzol
It is a carcinogen.

CAS # 71-43-2

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