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A volatile liquid obtained from coal tar, having physical and chemical properties similar to those of benzene; it occurs as three isomers; m-, o-, and p-xylol; used as a solvent, in the manufacture of chemicals and synthetic fibers, and in histology as a clearing agent.
Synonym(s): dimethylbenzene, xylene


/xy·lene/ (zi´lēn)
1. dimethylbenzene; any of three isomeric hydrocarbons, C6H4(CH3)2, from methyl alcohol or coal tar.
2. a mixture of all three isomers, with uses including solvent and clarifier, protective coating, and in various syntheses.

xylene (zī´lēn),

n a colorless, flammable fluid used as a solvent and clarifying agent in the preparation of tissue sections for microscopic study. Also called
xylol; C6H4[CH3]2


an organic solvent used industrially and as a cleaning agent and fat solvent in microscopy. Narcotic if inhaled in high concentration.
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In order to get better contrast, the samples were etched by formic acid or dimethylbenzene before coating.
In order to investigate the localization of CB, the formic acid or dimethylbenzene was used to extract the PA6 phase (Fig.
A small amount (about 1 g) of purified iPB-1-g-MAH and iPB-1 samples were first dissolved in 50 ml of dimethylbenzene in conical flask, respectively.