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 (fûr′fə-răl′, -fyə-)
A colorless, sweet-smelling, oily liquid, C5H4O2, made from corncobs and other cellulosic wastes and used in the synthesis of furan derivatives, as a solvent for nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, and certain dyes, and as a fungicide and insecticide.

[furfur + -al.]
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(ˈfɜr fyəˌræl, -fə-)

a colorless liquid, C5H4O2, used in making plastics and refining oils.
[1875–80; <furfur(ol) an oil distilled from bran (< Latin furfur bran + -ol1) + -al3]
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Noun1.furfural - a liquid aldehyde with a penetrating odor; made from plant hulls and corncobs; used in making furan and as a solvent
aldehyde - any of a class of highly reactive chemical compounds; used in making resins and dyes and organic acids
plant product - a product made from plant material
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It can be synthesized through four chemical processes such as reppe, furfural, butadiene, davy, and others
Further, on the basis of product offerings, the concerned market for Bio-based Poly (Tetrahydrofuran) THF1000 is divided into: Maleic Anhydride Method, Furfural Method, Others The market segmentation based on application include (Cast Polyurethane Elastomers, Thermoplastic Polyetheresters, Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomers (TPU), Others), which have constantly steered the demand for Bio-based Poly (Tetrahydrofuran) THF1000.
Increase in furfural production, growing foundry industry, positive growth in the automotive industry, and environmental concerns are some of the factors fuelling the growth of the furfuryl alcohol market.
figure By BRIAN OKINDA class="MsoNormalThe much-awaited DNA test for Sharon Mathias and Melon Lutenyo the twins who were reunited on Tuesday last week in Furfural Village, Kakamega was finally conducted by pathologists at Lancet Kenya Friday.
Patulin in apples and berries; migration of plastics into food simulants; tin in canned foods, hydroxy methyl furfural in honey, microbiological shelf life of any food; hazardous weight loss substances in slimming formulations; volatile organic compounds, tritium in drinking water; pork gelatin in gelatinous foods; inorganic arsenic in rice.
Furfuryl alcohol (FA) and carbonyl compounds, including acetaldehyde, acrolein, formaldehyde, furfural and ethyl carbamate may form adducts with the DNA due to their electrophilic nature.
Furfural (F) and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) are byproducts from acid hydrolysis that are highly toxic to microbial growth and metabolism.
For the chemists out there, typical compounds detected in old books include toluene (sweet odour), vanillin (vanilla-like), 2-ethyl hexanol (floral smell), and furfural (almond-like).
Furfural and Furfural and 5-methylfurfural possess sweet, 5-Methylfurfural butterscotch, light caramel and faint almond-like aromas.
hosiery, terry towel, surgical bandages, etc, starch, glucose from maize, furfural from corn (maize) cobs, rice bran oil, fruit juice, jams, jellies and pickles.