benzo-


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benzo-

or benz-
pref.
Benzene; benzoic acid: benzophenone.

[From benzoin.]

benzo-

or sometimes before a vowel

benz-

combining form
1. (Elements & Compounds) indicating a benzene ring fused to another ring in a polycyclic compound: benzofuran.
2. (Elements & Compounds) indicating derivation from benzene or benzoic acid or the presence of phenyl groups: benzophenone.
[from benzoin]

benzo-

a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which benzene, benzoic acid, or one or more of the phenyl groups is present: benzophenone. Also, esp. before a vowel, benz-.