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Either of two geometric isomers of ethene substituted with two phenyl groups, C14H12. The trans-isomer is a colorless crystalline solid used in the manufacture of dyes and optical bleaches and as a phosphor.
[Greek stilbos, shining (from stilbein, to shimmer) + -ene.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a colourless or slightly yellow crystalline water-insoluble unsaturated hydrocarbon used in the manufacture of dyes; trans-1,2-diphenylethene. Formula: C6H5CH:CHC6H5
[C19: from Greek stilbos glittering + -ene]
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a colorless to slightly yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C14H12, used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes.
[1865–70; < Greek stílb(ein) to shine + -ene]
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