anthracene /ˈanθrəsiːn/


I. noun [ mass noun]

[Chemistry] a colourless crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon obtained by the distillation of crude oils and used in chemical manufacture.

●A tricyclic compound; chem. formula: C14H10.
– origin mid 19th cent.: from Greek anthrax, anthrak- ‘coal’ + -ene.

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