Definition of benzopyrene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbenzōˈpīrēn/


A compound that is the major carcinogen present in cigarette smoke. It also occurs in coal tar.
Example sentences
  • Wood fires can also release benzopyrene, a carcinogen that can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
  • Researchers estimated that every day the average infant under the age of two in urban America ingested 110 nanograms of benzopyrene, equivalent to smoking three cigarettes a day.
  • NER is the main mechanism used to remove pyrimidine dimers induced by UV cross-linking or chemical damage such as those caused by benzopyrene, aflatoxin, and cisplatin.

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Syllabification: ben·zo·py·rene

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