plural -s
: a colorless crystalline cyclic hydrocarbon C13H10 that has a violet fluorescence and that is obtained usually from the coal-tar distillate which boils between naphthalene and anthracene; ortho-diphenylene-methane

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary fluor- + -ene; originally formed as French fluorène

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“Fluorene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluorene. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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