acridine

noun

ac·​ri·​dine ˈa-krə-ˌdēn How to pronounce acridine (audio)
: a colorless crystalline compound C13H9N occurring in coal tar and important as the parent compound of dyes and pharmaceuticals

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Acridin, from Latin ācer, ācr- "sharp, biting" + German -idin (probably as in Pyridin pyridine) — more at acr-

First Known Use

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acridine was circa 1877

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“Acridine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acridine. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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acridine

noun

ac·​ri·​dine ˈak-rə-ˌdēn How to pronounce acridine (audio)
: a colorless crystalline compound C13H9N occurring in coal tar and important as the parent compound of dyes and pharmaceuticals

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