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 (zī-lēn′, zī′lēn′) also xy·lol (zī′lôl′, -lōl′)
1. Any of three colorless flammable isomeric benzene derivatives, C8H10, obtained from wood and coal tar.
2. A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.


(Elements & Compounds) an aromatic hydrocarbon existing in three isomeric forms, all three being colourless flammable volatile liquids used as solvents and in the manufacture of synthetic resins, dyes, and insecticides; dimethylbenzene. Formula: C6H4(CH3)2. Also called: xylol


(ˈzaɪ lin)

any of three isomeric liquids, C8H10, of the benzene series, used in aviation gasoline and organic synthesis and in making dyes.
[1850–55; < Greek xýl(on) wood + -ene]
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Noun1.xylene - a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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The most commercially significant aromatics are benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX).
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Among the pollutants emitted are ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) and other glycol ethers, xylenes and hexane.
Isobaric vapor-liquid equilibria for ternary mixtures: saturated hydrocarbons, xylenes, and ethylbenzene with sulfolane at 101.
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The UOP Tatoray(TM) process to increase production of benzene and xylenes.
Advanced recovery processes such as simulated moving bed adsorption and crystallization help the recovering of meta-xylene from mixed xylenes feedstock.
Honeywell s UOP Tatoray process converts toluene and C9 aromatics to mixed xylenes and high-purity benzene without the need for sulfolane extraction.
Organisms capable of utilizing benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, alkanes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have been isolated and described.