Definition of pyrene in English:


Line breaks: pyr¦ene
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪriːn


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon present in coal tar.
    • A tetracyclic compound; chemical formula: C16H10
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    • To this purpose we have considered four dyes, namely: indo - 1, rhodamine 6G, fluorescein, and pyrene.
    • The concentration of pyrene in the lipid bilayer as well as the temperature were similar in experiment and simulations.
    • The biological half-life of pyrene absorbed via the respiratory tract is 9.8 hr.


mid 19th century: from Greek pur 'fire' + -ene.

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