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From benzoic and aldehyde.


benzal (countable and uncountable, plural benzals)

  1. (chemistry) A transparent crystalline substance, C6H5.CO. NH2, obtained by the action of ammonia on benzoyl chloride and by several other reactions with benzoyl compounds.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for benzal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)