benzyl cyanide


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benzyl cyanide

[′ben·zəl ′sī·ə‚nīd]
(organic chemistry)
C6H5CH2CN A toxic, colorless liquid; insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and ethanol; boils at 234°C; used in organic synthesis.
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