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anthracene: Meaning and Definition of

an•thra•cene

Pronunciation: (an'thru-s?n"), [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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