- A liquid consisting mainly of the lighter and more volatile hydrocarbons of petroleum or kerosene oil, used as a solvent and for cleansing soiled fabrics; -- called also <altname>petroleum spirit</altname>, <altname>petroleum benzine</altname>. Varieties or similar products are gasoline, naphtha, rhigolene, ligroin, etc.
- Same as <er>Benzene</er>.
- any flammable <xref>petroleum</xref> <xref>distillate</xref> used as a <xref>solvent</xref> or <xref>fuel</xref>
- a colorless liquid hydrocarbon; highly inflammable; carcinogenic; the simplest of the aromatic compounds