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aniline

Pronunciation: an′i-lin, -lēn

Definition: An oily, colorless, or brownish liquid, of aromatic odor and acrid taste, which is the parent substance of many synthetic dyes; derived from benzene by the substitution of the group —NH2 for one of the hydrogen atoms. Aniline is highly toxic, may cause industrial poisoning, and may be carcinogenic.

Synonym(s): aminobenzene, benzeneamine, phenylamine

[Ar. an-nil, indigo]

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