anthracene

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Anthracene

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἄνθραξ (ánthraks, coal) +‎ -ene.

Noun[edit]

anthracene (countable and uncountable, plural anthracenes)

  1. (organic chemistry) A tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (an acene containing three fused rings) obtained from coal tar; used in the manufacture of wood preservatives, insecticides and the dye alizarin; it is isomeric with phenanthrene.

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