from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name given to aniline by Zinin in 1840, when he prepared it by reducing nitrobenzene with ammonium sulphid.
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About the same time N.N. Zinin found that on reducing nitrobenzene, a base was formed which he named benzidam.
Zinan in 1840, experimenting along the same lines, produced another compound terming it benzidam.