naphtha

  

Definition

Member of a group of volatile and highly flammable hydrocarbon liquid-mixtures of specific distillation ranges derived from coal tar or petroleum. Coal tar naphthas are toxic and contain large proportions of aromatic compounds. Petroleum naphthas fall between kerosene and gasoline grades. Naphtahs are used mainly as solvents and paint thinners, and as feed stock for petrochemical and plastic industries.

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