chrysene

noun chry·sene \ˈkrīˌsēn\

Definition of chrysene

plural

-s

  1. :  a white crystalline hydrocarbon C18H12 with violet fluorescence obtained from coal-tar fractions and from petroleum by cracking and prepared from indene by catalytic dehydrogenation; 1,2-benzo-phenanthrene

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Origin and Etymology of chrysene

French chrysène, from chrys- + -ène -ene


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