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also 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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We measured in the headspace (by use of PLOT cryoadsorption coupled with GCMS) of such a fire debris sample 4.9 % (mass/mass) alkylaromatic and 3.2 % (mass/mass) naphthalenic content.
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This new termiticide relies on low concentrations of naphthalenic compounds similar to those used in mothballs.