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anthracene

[an-thruh-seen]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, crystalline powder, C14H12, obtained from coal tar and having a violet fluorescence: used chiefly as a source of anthraquinone and alizarin, and in the process of measuring radioactive materials.
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Origin of anthracene

First recorded in 1860–65; anthrac- + -ene
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anthracene

noun
  1. a colourless tricyclic crystalline solid having a slight blue fluorescence, used in the manufacture of chemicals, esp diphenylamine and alizarin, and as crystals in scintillation counters. Formula: C 6 H 4 (CH) 2 C 6 H 4
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Word Origin

C19: from anthrax + -ene
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anthracene in Science

anthracene

[ănthrə-sēn′]
  1. A crystalline hydrocarbon that consists of three benzene rings fused together. It is extracted from coal tar and is used to make dyes and organic chemicals. Chemical formula: C14H10.
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