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1) A group of organic compounds that contain one or more benzene-type six carbon rings. Many aromatic hydrocarbons are derived from petroleum products, such as Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, Naphthalene, and Anthracene. Most perfumes, flavorings, and organic dyes contain aromatic rings.

2) A volatile compound capable of producing an aroma.

Synonyms and Related Terms

arene; Aromaten (Deut.); aromatique (Fr.); aromático (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998