[ ben-zoh-pahy-reen, -pahy-reen ]
/ ˌbɛn zoʊˈpaɪ rin, -paɪˈrin /

noun Chemistry.

a yellow, crystalline aromatic carcinogenic hydrocarbon, C20H12, consisting of five fused benzene rings, produced by incomplete combustion of organic material, as coal, petroleum, or tobacco.
Also benz·py·rene [benz-pahy-reen, benz-pahy-reen] /bɛnzˈpaɪ rin, ˌbɛnz paɪˈrin/.

Origin of benzopyrene

1925–30; benzo- or benz- + pyrene2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for benzopyrene


[ bĕn′zō-pīrēn′, -pī-rēn ]


A yellow, crystalline, aromatic hydrocarbon that is a carcinogen found in coal tar and cigarette smoke.
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