Definition of Naphthalene

1. Noun. A white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs.

Substance meronyms: Camphor Ball, Mothball, Coal Tar
Generic synonyms: Hydrocarbon



Definition of Naphthalene

1. n. A white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C10H8, analogous to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among organic compounds. Formerly called also naphthaline.

Definition of Naphthalene

1. Noun. A white crystalline hydrocarbon manufactured from coal tar; used in mothballs. ¹

2. Noun. (organic compound) An aromatic bicyclic hydrocarbon, C10H8; an acene containing two fused benzene rings. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Naphthalene

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Medical Definition of Naphthalene

1. A white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C10H8, analogous to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among organic compounds. Formerly called also naphthaline. Naphthalene red, a yellow dyestuff obtained from certain nitro derivatives of naphthol. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Naphthalene

naperies
napery
napes
napex
napha water
naphazoline
naphazoline hydrochloride
naphew
naphtha
naphthacene
naphthacenes
naphthalate
naphthalates
naphthaldehyde
naphthaldehydes
naphthalene (current term)
naphthalene acetic acid
naphthalene dioxygenase
naphthalene poisoning
naphthaleneacetic
naphthaleneacetic acid
naphthaleneacetic acids
naphthalenes
naphthalenesulfonate
naphthalenesulfonates
naphthalenesulphonate
naphthalenesulphonates
naphthalenic
naphthalenol
naphthalic

Literary usage of Naphthalene

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1871)
"Bromine acts upon naphthalene, forming numerous compounds according to the manner ... By acting with bromine upon chlorinated naphthalene, substances may be ..."

2. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen (1886)
"H.1 naphthalene is produced largely when the vapours of various organic ... Thus naphthalene occurs largely in the tar produced in the distillation of coal ..."

3. A Treatise on Chemistry by Henry Enfield Roscoe, Karl Schorlemmer (1892)
"It is a liquid, which has a faint odour of naphthalene, at 212°, ... At a red heat it de poses into hydrogen and naphthalene ; it combines with bror to form ..."

4. Coal-tar and Ammonia by Georg Lunge (1916)
"during the summer months by means of naphthalene paper, pertinaciously retain the penetrating smell of naphthalene, and require long airing before they are ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Polymorphism in Benzene, naphthalene, and Anthracene at High Pressure Abstract ... He reported both shearing and volumetric experiments on naphthalene and ..."

6. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1910)
"On the small scale, for laboratory purposes, the sublimed or steamed naphthalene can be further purified by crystallisation from hot alcohol. ..."

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