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toluene

Pronunciation: tol'yu-en

Definition: A colorless liquid obtained by the dry distillation of tolu and other resinous bodies, and also derived from coal tar; its physical and chemical properties resemble those of benzene. Used in explosives and dyes, and as a solvent in the extraction of various principles from plants.

Synonym(s): methylbenzene, toluol

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