Definitions for: Xylene


[n] a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent



Webster (1913) Definition: Xy"lene, n. [Gr. xy`lon wood.] (Chem.)
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.

Note: Each of these xylenes is the nucleus and prototype of a
distinct series of compounds.

Synonyms: xylol

See Also: dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent

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