A class of compounds produced by the nitration of toluene. The para compound is a solid, crystalline body employed for making fuchsine and other dyes in common with the ortho compound, which is a liquid substance and can be used in common with nitrobenzene in preparing socalled “oil of mirbane.” The para compound melts at 510 C. and boils at 234 degrees C., whilst the ortho compound boils at 218 degrees C.
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