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1. A colorless, volatile, heterocyclic organic compound, C4H4O, obtained from wood oils and used primarily in organic synthesis. Also called furfuran.
2. Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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(Elements & Compounds) a colourless flammable toxic liquid heterocyclic compound, used in the manufacture of cotton textiles and in the synthesis of nylon. Formula: C4H4O. Also called: furfuran
[C19: shortened form of furfuran, from furfur]
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fu•ran(ˈfyʊər æn, fyʊˈræn)
a colorless, liquid, unsaturated, five-membered heterocyclic compound, C4H4O, obtained from furfural: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
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|Noun||1.||furan - a colorless toxic flammable liquid used in the synthesis of nylon|
organic compound - any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
nitrofuran - derivative of furan used to inhibit bacterial growth
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