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naph·tha·lenealso naph·tha·line (năf′thə-lēn′, năp′-) or naph·tha·lin (-lĭn)
A white crystalline aromatic compound, C10H8, derived from coal tar or petroleum and used in manufacturing dyes, moth repellents, and explosives and as a solvent. Also called tar camphor.
naph′tha·len′ic (-lĕn′ĭk) adj.
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