benzoyl peroxide

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benzoyl peroxide

[′ben·zə·wəl pə′räk‚sīd]
(organic chemistry)
(C6H5CO)2O2 A white, crystalline solid; melting point 103-105°C; explodes when heated above 105°C; slightly soluble in water, soluble in organic solvents; used as a bleaching and drying agent and a polymerization catalyst.