Definition of durene in US English:

durene

noun

Chemistry
  • A crystalline hydrocarbon occurring naturally in coal tar and also made synthetically, used in the manufacture of polyimides and plastics.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From classical Latin dūrus hard + -ene, after German Durol, in the same sense; so called because it is solid at ordinary temperatures.