- 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.
Origin of anthracene
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It is rapidly decomposed by an excess of alcohol into picric acid and anthracene, the solution assuming a yellow tint.
A great number of products are procured from anthracene, by far the most important of these being artificial alizarin.
The whole of the anthracene is sold for the manufacture of artificial alizarine.
In addition to alizarin, other anthracene derivatives are of industrial importance.
The anthracene derivative is in this process built up synthetically.
- 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
C19: from anthrax + -ene
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- 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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