phenanthrene

phenanthrene

[fuh-nan-threen]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, shiny, crystalline, water-insoluble isomer of anthracene, C 1 4 H 1 0 , derived from coal tar: used chiefly in dyestuffs and in the synthesis of drugs.

Origin:
1880–85; phen- + anthr- + -ene

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phenanthrene (fɪˈnænθriːn)
 
n
a colourless crystalline aromatic compound isomeric with anthracene: used in the manufacture of dyes, drugs, and explosives. Formula: C14H10
 
[C19: from pheno- + anthracene]

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phenanthrene phe·nan·threne (fə-nān'thrēn')
n.
A colorless crystalline hydrocarbon obtained by fractional distillation of coal-tar oils and used in drugs.

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phenanthrene   (fə-nān'thrēn')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless, crystalline hydrocarbon obtained by fractional distillation of coal-tar oils and used in dyes, drugs, and explosives. Phenanthrene is an isomer of anthracene and has three benzene rings fused together but not arranged in a straight line. Chemical formula: C14H10.
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