naphthalene naphthalene  /ˈnæf θə ˌlin/


  • (n) a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs


  1. Chlorinated naphthalene was proved to be a cause in 1949.
  2. They may be inactivated by naphthalene in flakes or moth balls, sunlight, air, cedar chests, mothproof paper bags, temperatures below 40.
  3. The wires were stuck together with naphthalene, the familiar material of mothballs.



  • "Naphthalene is the product that is used in moth balls, as well as toilet deodorant bars," Abbott said.
    on May 18, 2006 By: Greg Abbott Source:

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