an·​thra·​qui·​none | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-kwi-ˈnōn How to pronounce anthraquinone (audio) , -ˈkwi-ˌnōn \

Definition of anthraquinone

: a yellow crystalline ketone C14H8O2 often derived from anthracene and used especially in the manufacture of dyes

Examples of anthraquinone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one, carminic acid has a complicated structure: a central three-ring structure called anthraquinone to which a glucose molecule and a few other chemical groups are attached. Brittany J. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Baker added that a non-lethal corn treatment, seeds treated with anthraquinone, an organic compound sold under the brand name Avipel, affordably and effectively prevents depredation by making the corn unpalatable to the cranes. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of anthraquinone

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthraquinone

anthra- (in anthracene) + quinone, after German Anthrachinon

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13 Apr 2022

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“Anthraquinone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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an·​thra·​qui·​none | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-kwin-ˈōn How to pronounce anthraquinone (audio) , -ˈkwin-ˌōn How to pronounce anthraquinone (audio) \

Medical Definition of anthraquinone

: a yellow crystalline ketone C14H8O2 often derived from anthracene and used especially in the manufacture of dyes

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