Definitions for xyleneˈzaɪ lin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

xy•leneˈzaɪ lin(n.)

  1. any of three isomeric liquids, C8H10, of the benzene series, used in aviation gasoline and organic synthesis and in making dyes.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of xylene:

1850–55; < Gk xýl(on) wood + -ene

Princeton's WordNet

  1. xylene, xylol(noun)

    a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent

Wiktionary

  1. xylene(Noun)

    Any of a group of three isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons, di-methyl-benzene, found in coal and wood tar.

  2. Origin: From ‘wood’ + -ene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Xylene(noun)

    any of a group of three metameric hydrocarbons of the aromatic series, found in coal and wood tar, and so named because found in crude wood spirit. They are colorless, oily, inflammable liquids, C6H4.(CH3)2, being dimethyl benzenes, and are called respectively orthoxylene, metaxylene, and paraxylene. Called also xylol

Freebase

  1. Xylene

    A xylene is an aromatic hydrocarbon consisting of a benzene ring with two methyl substituents. The three isomeric xylenes each have a molecular formula of C8H10, though the more informative semi-structural formula C6H4(CH3)2 is also used commonly. The xylenes are major petrochemicals, produced by catalytic reforming and also by coal carbonisation in the manufacture of coke fuel. Representing about 0.5–1% of crude oil, xylenes are found in small quantities in gasoline and airplane fuels. Xylenes are mainly produced as part of the BTX aromatics extracted from the product of catalytic reforming known as "reformate". The mixture is a slightly greasy, colourless liquid commonly encountered as a solvent. It was named in 1851, having been discovered as a constituent of wood tar. Several million tons are produced annually. In 2011, a global consortium began construction of one of the world’s largest xylene plants in Singapore.

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