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