C6H4CH32
Xylene 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}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Each of these xylenes is the nucleus and prototype of a distinct series of compounds. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • C6H4CH32 — Orthoxylene Or tho*xy lene, n. [Ortho + xylene.] (Chem.) That variety of xylene ({C6H4(CH3)2}) in which the two methyl groups are in the ortho position; a colorless, liquid, combustible hydrocarbon resembling benzene. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • C6H4CH32 — Paraxylene Par a*xy lene, n. (Chem.) A hydrocarbon ({C6H4(CH3)2}) of the aromatic series obtained as a colorless liquid by the distillation of camphor with zinc chloride. It is one of the three metamers of xylene. Cf. {Metamer}, and {Xylene}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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