an·​thra·​cene | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsēn How to pronounce anthracene (audio) \

Definition of anthracene

: a crystalline tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbon C14H10 obtained from coal-tar distillation

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Recent Examples on the Web These chemicals—such as benzene, toluene, naphthalene, anthracene, and phenol—form the basis for perfumes, explosives, and medicines. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The science of what makes coal so dirty," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of anthracene

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthracene

borrowed from French anthracène, from Greek anthrak-, ánthrax "charcoal, coal" + French -ène -ene — more at anthrax

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“Anthracene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of anthracene

: a crystalline cyclic hydrocarbon C14H10 obtained from coal-tar distillation

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