\▐ben-▐zól, -▐zōl\ n [Gr, fr. benz- + -ol] (1838) Commercial solvent derived from the distillation of coal. It is a crude mixture of hydrocarbons, consisting chiefly of benzene, although it may contain in addition some toluene, xylene, carbon disulfide, thiophene, pyridine, acetonitrile, and paraffinic hydrocarbons. A 90%, or 90°, benzol is one from which 90% by volume can be distilled below 100°C. Open image in new window
Also can be spelled Benzole.