Methylene Meth"yl*ene, n. [F. m['e]thyl[`e]ne, from Gr. ? wine + ? wood; -- a word coined to correspond to the name wood spirit.] (Chem.) A divalent hydrocarbon radical, {-CH2-}, not known in the free state, but regarded as an essential residue and component of certain derivatives of methane; as, methylene bromide, {CH2Br2}; -- formerly called also {methene}. [1913 Webster]

{Methylene blue} (Chem.), an artificial dyestuff consisting of a complex sulphur derivative of diphenyl amine; -- called also {pure blue}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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