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phenazine

[fen-uh-zeen, -zin] /ˈfɛn əˌzin, -zɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a yellow, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C 1 2 H 8 N 2 , used in organic synthesis chiefly in the manufacture of dyes.
Also called azophenylene.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; phen- + azine
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phenazine

/ˈfɛnəˌziːn/
noun
1.
a yellow crystalline tricyclic compound that is the parent compound of many azine dyes and some antibiotics. Formula: C6H4N2C6H4
Word Origin
C19: from pheno- + azine
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phenazine
  (fěn'ə-zēn')   
  1. Any of a class of organic compounds containing two benzene rings joined to each other by an inner benzene ring in which two of the carbon atoms have been replaced by nitrogen atoms. Phenazines are a type of pyrazine, and are used especially in making dyes and in pharmaceuticals.

  2. The simplest of this class of compounds. It forms yellow crystals and is used to make dyes. Chemical formula: C12H8N2.


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