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 (zī-lēn′, zī′lēn′) also xy·lol (zī′lôl′, -lōl′)
1. Any of three colorless flammable isomeric benzene derivatives, C8H10, obtained from wood and coal tar.
2. A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.


(Elements & Compounds) an aromatic hydrocarbon existing in three isomeric forms, all three being colourless flammable volatile liquids used as solvents and in the manufacture of synthetic resins, dyes, and insecticides; dimethylbenzene. Formula: C6H4(CH3)2. Also called: xylol


(ˈzaɪ lin)

any of three isomeric liquids, C8H10, of the benzene series, used in aviation gasoline and organic synthesis and in making dyes.
[1850–55; < Greek xýl(on) wood + -ene]
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Noun1.xylene - a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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USPRwire, Tue Mar 29 2016] GlobalData's new report, "Xylenes Industry Outlook in Russian Federation to 2019 - Market Size, Company Share, Price Trends, Capacity Forecasts of All Active and Planned Plants", provides in-depth coverage of Russia's Xylenes industry and presents major market trends.
GlobalData's new report, "Xylenes Industry Outlook in Republic of Korea to 2019 - Market Size, Company Share, Price Trends, Capacity Forecasts of All Active and Planned Plants", provides in-depth coverage of Korea's Xylenes industry and presents major market trends.
The facility will use technology as well as modular equipment from Honeywell UOP to allow the plant to make mixed xylenes, a critical feedstock used by the plant to produce
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For instance, mixed xylenes are commonly available in a 2:1:1 ratio for meta, ortho and para xylenes, but that can vary significantly depending on processing details.
Alkylation of toluene with methanol produces primarily a mixture of xylenes the distribution of which in the product largely depends on the characteristics of the catalyst.
Those in the second cover filtration, flocculation, flotation, fractionation, foam, gas-solid separation, high purity gases, ion exchange, isotope separation, magnetic separation, mass transfer, membrane technology, metals separation, microfluidics, minerals recovery and processing, molecular sieves, nuclear fuel reprocessing, petroleum refining, process integration technology, sedimentation, separations process synthesis, silica gel, size separation, stack gases, sulfur and hydrogen sulfide recovery, supercritical fluids, wastewater treatment, water desalination, water treatment, and xylenes and ethylbenzene.
Naftec and ENIP have aromatics units at the Skikda oil refining complex with a capacity to produce: 90,000 t/y of benzenes, about 5,000 t/y of toluenes, 247,000 t/y of xylenes, and 38,000 t/y of paraxylenes.
Among the pollutants emitted are ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) and other glycol ethers, xylenes and hexane.
Isobaric vapor-liquid equilibria for ternary mixtures: saturated hydrocarbons, xylenes, and ethylbenzene with sulfolane at 101.
Xylenes were the most common compounds leached in the laboratory procedure; some xylene was found in the leachate from all nine binder systems sampled.