anthracene

noun
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

Examples of anthracene in a Sentence

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, 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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The first known use of anthracene was in 1863

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“Anthracene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthracene. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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anthracene

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

Medical Definition of anthracene

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

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