[ ben-zan-thruh-seen ]
/ bɛnˈzæn θrəˌsin /

noun Chemistry.

a carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbon, C18H12, consisting of four fused benzene rings, produced by incomplete combustion of organic matter.

Origin of benzanthracene

First recorded in 1935–40; benz- + anthracene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for benzanthracene


[ bĕn-zănthrə-sēn′ ]


A crystalline, weakly carcinogenic cyclic hydrocarbon.
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