benzylic intermediates

Carbanions, carbenium ions or radicals, derived formally by detachment of one hydron, hydride or hydrogen, respectively, from the CH3 group of toluene or substitution derivatives thereof, e.g. C6H5CH2., benzyl radical.
PAC, 1995, 67, 1307 (Glossary of class names of organic compounds and reactivity intermediates based on structure (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)) on page 1322