[an-thruh-kwuh-nohn, -kwee-nohn, -kwin-ohn]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a yellow, water-insoluble, crystalline powder, C14H8O2, usually derived from anthracene or phthalic anhydride: used chiefly in the manufacture of anthraquinone dyes.

Origin of anthraquinone

First recorded in 1880–85; anthra(cene) + quinone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a yellow crystalline solid used in the manufacture of dyes, esp anthraquinone dyes, which have excellent colour properties. Formula: C 6 H 4 (CO) 2 C 6 H 4

Word Origin for anthraquinone

C19: anthra (cene) + quinone
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[ăn′thrə-kwĭ-nōn, -kwĭnōn′]
  1. A yellow crystalline powder that is insoluble in water and used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes. Chemical formula: C14H8O2.
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