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naphthalene - Structure and reactivity, Production, Incidence in nature, Uses, Health effects

C10H8, melting point 80°C. A white, waxy solid, containing two fused benzene rings; obtained from the distillation of coal tar. It forms many derivatives, and is important as a starting material in the synthesis of dyestuffs and plastics. It is familiar as the main ingredient of mothballs.

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