Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[fen-uh-zeen, -zin] /ˈfɛn əˌzin, -zɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
a yellow, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C 1 2 H 8 N 2 , used in organic synthesis chiefly in the manufacture of dyes.
Also called azophenylene.
Origin of phenazine
First recorded in 1895-1900; phen- + azine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for phenazine


a yellow crystalline tricyclic compound that is the parent compound of many azine dyes and some antibiotics. Formula: C6H4N2C6H4
Word Origin
C19: from pheno- + azine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
phenazine in Science
  1. Any of a class of organic compounds containing two benzene rings joined to each other by an inner benzene ring in which two of the carbon atoms have been replaced by nitrogen atoms. Phenazines are a type of pyrazine, and are used especially in making dyes and in pharmaceuticals.

  2. The simplest of this class of compounds. It forms yellow crystals and is used to make dyes. Chemical formula: C12H8N2.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for phenazine

Word Value for phenazine

Scrabble Words With Friends