Definition of pyrene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪriːn/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon present in coal tar.
Example sentences
  • 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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