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Xylene or Xylol refers to a mixture of three structural isomers of the aromatic hydrocarbon dimethyl benzene. Xylene is clear, colourless, sweet-smelling liquid that is very flammable. It is usually refined from crude oil in a process called alkylation. 

Xylene is used as a solvent in printing, rubber, adhesives (glue) and leather industries. It is also used as a cleaning agent for steel and for silicon wafers and chips.

Xylene is used as a thinner for paint and in manufacture of paints and varnishes. It may be substituted with Toluene to thin lacquers where slower drying is desired.