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Pronunciation: an′thră-sēn


  1. A hydrocarbon obtained from coal tar; it oxidizes to anthraquinone, which is converted to alizarin dyes.
  2. A compound containing anthracene (1) as a part of its structure.

Synonym(s): anthracin

[G. anthrax, coal]

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