ben·zo·py·rene | \ˌben-zō-ˈpī-ˌrēn, -pī-ˈrēn\

Definition of benzopyrene 

: a yellow crystalline carcinogenic hydrocarbon C20H12 found in coal tar

called also benzo[a]pyrene

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Now the soil and groundwater are contaminated with coal tar and 15 other toxins ranging from arsenic to compounds called benzopyrenes, which cause cancer. Lauren Ritchie,, "Nine toxic Superfund sites in Central Florida waiting for EPA help," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of benzopyrene

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzopyrene

International Scientific Vocabulary benz- + pyrene a crystalline hydrocarbon C16H10, from pyr- + -ene

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ben·zo·py·rene | \ˌben-zō-ˈpī(ə)r-ˌēn, -pī-ˈrēn \
variants: or benzpyrene \benz-ˈpī(ə)r-ˌēn, ˌbenz-pī-ˈrēn \

Medical Definition of benzopyrene 

: a mixture of two isomeric hydrocarbons C20H12 of which one is highly carcinogenic — see benzo[a]pyrene

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