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- noun A former name for naphthylamine.
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- noun (Chem.) Same as
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- noun chemistry
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Thanks to advances in microscopy, he knew that naphthalidine, a derivative of coal tar, differed from quinine by only a couple of hydrogen and oxygen molecules—water, in other words.
It wouldn’t be as simple as adding water to the naphthalidine, he said, but with enough time at the bench, he was sure he could make medicine out of coal tar.
Perkin soon determined that all the chemistry in the world wasn’t going to convince naphthalidine to turn into quinine.