anthracene

noun an·thra·cene \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsēn \

Definition of anthracene

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

First Known Use of anthracene

1863


Medical Dictionary

anthracene

noun an·thra·cene \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsēn \

medical Definition of anthracene

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

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