benzopyrene

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

Definition of benzopyrene

  1. :  a yellow crystalline carcinogenic hydrocarbon C20H12 found in coal tar —called also benzo[a]pyrene

Origin and Etymology of benzopyrene

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


First Known Use: 1936


Medical Dictionary

benzopyrene

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noun ben·zo·py·rene \ˌben-zō-ˈpī(ə)r-ˌēn, -pī-ˈrēn\
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benzpyrene

\benz-ˈpī(ə)r-ˌēn, ˌbenz-pī-ˈrēn\play

Medical Definition of benzopyrene

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


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