anthracene

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anthracene

 [an´thrah-sēn]
a crystalline hydrocarbon, C14h10, from coal tar, used in making dyes.
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an·thra·cene

(an'thră-sēn),
1. A hydrocarbon obtained from coal tar; it oxidizes to anthraquinone, which is converted to alizarin dyes. Synonym(s): anthracin
2. A compound containing anthracene (1) as a part of its structure.
[G. anthrax, coal]
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