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Meaning of anthracene

an•thra•cene

Pronunciation: (an'thru-sēn"), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless, crystalline powder, CH, obtained from coal tar and having a violet fluorescence: used chiefly as a source of anthraquinone and alizarin, and in the process of measuring radioactive materials.
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