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Pronunciation: (sī"klu-hek'sān, sik"lu-), [key]
n. Chem.
a colorless, pungent, flammable liquid, C6H12, composed of a ring of six methylene groups, derived from crude petroleum by distillation or from benzene by hydrogenation: used chiefly as a solvent and in the manufacture of adipic acid. Also called hexahydrobenzene, hexamethylene, hexanaphthene.

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