[ tol-i-deen, -din ]
/ ˈtɒl ɪˌdin, -dɪn /

noun Chemistry.

any of several isomeric derivatives of biphenyl containing two methyl and two amino groups, especially the ortho isomer that is used as a reagent and in the preparation of dyes.

Origin of tolidine

First recorded in 1895–1900; tol(uene) + -id3 + -ine2

Example sentences from the Web for tolidine

  • Thus diazotised benzidine and tolidine combine with salicylic acid to form valuable yellow azo-dyes known as “chrysamines.”

    Coal |Raphael Meldola
  • It is impossible to attempt to specify by name any of these recent benzidine and tolidine dyes.

    Coal |Raphael Meldola

British Dictionary definitions for tolidine

/ (ˈtɒlɪˌdiːn) /


any of several isomeric compounds, esp the ortho- isomer, which is a white or reddish crystalline substance used in the manufacture of dyes and resins. Formula: (C 6 H 3 NH 2 CH 3) 2

Word Origin for tolidine

C19: from tol ( uene) + -id ³ + -ine ²