Definition of ethylbenzene in US English:

ethylbenzene

noun

Chemistry
  • A colorless flammable liquid hydrocarbon, used in the manufacture of styrene.

    Chemical formula: C₆H₅C₂H₅

    • ‘These conditions also minimized the production of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and methylstyrene but increased the oil yield, which exceeded 95% by weight.’
    • ‘For example, benzene and ethyl bromide can be use to make ethylbenzene.’
    • ‘For example, if equimolar amounts of benzene and ethylbenzene are treated with a small amount of nitric acid (a nitrating reagent) about 25 times more nitroethylbenzene is produced than nitrobenzene.’

Pronunciation

ethylbenzene

/ˌeTHəlbenˈzēn/