Definition of cumene in English:

cumene

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] A liquid hydrocarbon made catalytically from benzene, chiefly as an intermediate in phenol synthesis.

    • ‘With benzene, it is used to synthesize first cumene and then acetone and phenol.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin cuminum cumin + -ene.

Pronunciation

cumene

/ˈkjuːmiːn/