Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: fe-nan'thren

Definition: A compound isomeric with anthracene, derived from coal tar; a major component of steroids, as cyclopenta[a]phenanthrene. Used as a basis for the synthesis and nomenclature of various dyes and drugs.

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.