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phenanthridine Line breaks: phen|an¦thrid|ine
Pronunciation: /fɪˈnanθrɪdiːn/

Definition of phenanthridine in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A white crystalline compound used in the treatment of trypanosome blood infection.
  • A tricyclic compound; chemical formula: C13H9N
Example sentences
  • The fluorescence dye ethidium bromide for DNA staining has a central phenanthridine ring system that intercalates into DNA.
  • The ethyl acetate-extractable metabolites of phenanthridine as formed in vitro with Aroclor-induced rat liver homogenate were isolated and structurally identified.
  • Among the ethidium derivatives reported in the literature, the majority are phenanthridine derivatives with modifications of the exocyclic amines.


Late 19th century: from phen- + anthr(acene) + -ide + -ine4.

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