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Naphthalene vs. Camphor

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Main Difference

The main difference between Naphthalene and Camphor is that the Naphthalene is a chemical compound and Camphor is a group of stereoisomers.

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  • Naphthalene (noun)

    A white crystalline hydrocarbon manufactured from coal tar; used in mothballs.

  • Naphthalene (noun)

    An aromatic bicyclic hydrocarbon, C10H8; an acene containing two fused benzene rings.

  • Camphor (noun)

    A white transparent waxy crystalline isoprenoid ketone, 1,7,7-trimethylbicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one, with a strong pungent odour, used in pharmacy.

Wiktionary
  • Naphthalene (noun)

    A white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C10H8, analogous to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among organic compounds. Formerly called also naphthaline.

  • Camphor (noun)

    A tough, white, aromatic resin, or gum, obtained from different species of the Laurus family, esp. from Cinnamomum camphara (the Laurus camphora of Linnæus.). Camphor, C10H16O, is volatile and fragrant, and is used in medicine as a diaphoretic, a stimulant, or sedative.

  • Camphor (noun)

    originally, a gum resembling ordinary camphor, obtained from a tree (Dryobalanops aromatica formerly Dryobalanops camphora) growing in Sumatra and Borneo; now applied to its main constituent, a terpene alcohol obtainable as a white solid C10H18O, called also Borneo camphor, Malay camphor, Malayan camphor, camphor of Borneo, Sumatra camphor, bornyl alcohol, camphol, and borneol. The isomer from Dryobalanops is dextrorotatory; the levoratatory form is obtainable from other species of plants, and the racemic mixture may be obtained by reduction of camphor. It is used in perfumery, and for manufacture of its esters. See Borneol.

  • Camphor

    To impregnate or wash with camphor; to camphorate.

Webster Dictionary
  • Naphthalene (noun)

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

  • Camphor (noun)

    a resin obtained from the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment

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