benzopyrene(redirected from Benzapyrene)
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Either of two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with the formula C20H12, found in coal tar and cigarette smoke and isolatable as a white or yellow crystalline solid. Both are hazardous, and one is known to be a potent carcinogen. Also called benzpyrene.
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