Definition of cumene in English:

cumene

noun

Chemistry
  • A liquid hydrocarbon made catalytically from benzene, chiefly as an intermediate in phenol synthesis.

    Alternative name: isopropyl benzene; chemical formula: C₆H₅CH(CH₃)₂

    • ‘With benzene, it is used to synthesize first cumene and then acetone and phenol.’

Pronunciation

cumene

/ˈkyo͞omēn/ /ˈkjumin/

Origin

Mid 19th century from Latin cuminum ‘cumin’+ -ene.