American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hexagonal ring arrangement found in benzene and other aromatic compounds, consisting of six carbon atoms with alternating single and double bonds between them, and with each carbon atom bonded to a hydrogen atom, or to other atoms or groups of atoms in derivatives of benzene.
- n. a closed chain of 6 carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached
“One of the chains had suddenly taken its tail in its mouth and formed a ring, and Kekulé had ended up discovering the benzene ring and revolutionizing organic chemistry.”
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