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phenanthrene Syllabification: phe·nan·threne
Pronunciation: /fəˈnanTHrēn/

Definition of phenanthrene in English:


A crystalline hydrocarbon present in coal tar, used especially in making dyes and synthetic drugs.
  • A tricyclic compound: chemical formula: C14H10
Example sentences
  • The organic compound phenanthrene can be precipitated from an ethanolic solution by the addition of water.
  • Fujiwara repeated uptake and release experiments with both pyrene and phenanthrene, whose molecules are smaller than those of cholestane, with similar results.
  • The Cornell team worked with sand contaminated with phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon typically found in coal tar.
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