benzopyrene

benzopyrene

[ben-zoh-pahy-reen, -pahy-reen]
noun Chemistry.
a yellow, crystalline aromatic carcinogenic hydrocarbon, C 20 H 12 , consisting of five fused benzene rings, produced by incomplete combustion of organic material, as coal, petroleum, or tobacco.
Also, benzpyrene.


Origin:
1925–30; benzo- or benz- + pyrene

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benzopyrene ben·zo·py·rene (běn'zō-pī'rēn', -pī-rēn')
n.
A yellow, crystalline, aromatic hydrocarbon that is a carcinogen found in coal tar and cigarette smoke.

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