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Definition of "toluene" [tol•u•ene]

  • A colorless flammable liquid, CH3C6H5, obtained from coal tar or petroleum and used in aviation fuel and other high-octane fuels, in dyestuffs, explosives, and as a solvent for gums and lacquers. Also called methylbenzene. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "toluene" in a sentence
  • "Avoid products with toluene, which is the most toxic chemical found in nail polish."
  • "According to Häussermann, it is more advantageous to start with the ortho-para-di-nitro-toluene, which is prepared by allowing"
  • "Toluene dioxygenase 1.14.12.11 1 Nomenclature EC number 1.14.12.11 Systematic name toluene, NADH: oxygen oxidoreductase (1,2-hydroxylating) Recommended name toluene dioxygenase Synonyms ISPTOL"