Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless flammable liquid, CH3C6H5, obtained from coal tar or petroleum and used in aviation fuel and other high-octane fuels, in dyestuffs, explosives, and as a solvent for gums and lacquers. Also called methylbenzene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A colourless, inflammable liquid hydrocarbon, methylbenzene, CH3.C6H5, used as a solvent, in high-octane fuels and in the production of many chemical compounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hydrocarbon, C6H5.CH3, of the aromatic series, homologous with benzene, and obtained as a light mobile colorless liquid, by distilling tolu balsam, coal tar, etc.; -- called also methyl benzene, phenyl methane, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Methyl benzene (C6H5.CH3), a hydrocarbon forming a colorless mobile liquid having the odor of benzene, and of specific gravity 0.883 at 32° F.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colorless flammable liquid obtained from petroleum or coal tar; used as a solvent for gums and lacquers and in high-octane fuels

Etymologies

tolu (from which it was originally obtained) + -ene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Avoid products with toluene, which is the most toxic chemical found in nail polish.

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  • According to Häussermann, it is more advantageous to start with the ortho-para-di-nitro-toluene, which is prepared by allowing

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  • Toluene dioxygenase 1.14.12.11 1 Nomenclature EC number 1.14.12.11 Systematic name toluene, NADH: oxygen oxidoreductase (1,2-hydroxylating) Recommended name toluene dioxygenase Synonyms ISPTOL

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  • Brain scans show that chemicals such as toluene move very quickly to pleasure centers — then move out to other brain cells, causing the damage that can make sniffers lose their memory, suffer vision problems and eventually develop serious mental defects.

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  • FDA (2005), have been synthesized not only from petroleum, but from known harmful chemicals such as toluene, phenol, benzyl acetate, limonene.

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  • Two months after the ruling, the ITTF rescinded the ban and instead found a compromise whereby dangerous glues, containing the most dangerous toxic substances such as toluene and trichlorethylene, were made unavailable through control of the market.

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  • Nail colour and other associated nail-care products are packed with bad-news ingredients - which is why they can be so stinky - such as toluene (derived from petroleum) and phthalates (which has been banned in the EU since 2004), but there are a number of greener lines available.

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