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A crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C14H10, extracted from coal tar and used in the manufacture of dyes and organic chemicals.

[Greek anthrax, anthrak-, charcoal + -ene.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a colourless tricyclic crystalline solid having a slight blue fluorescence, used in the manufacture of chemicals, esp diphenylamine and alizarin, and as crystals in scintillation counters. Formula: C6H4(CH)2C6H4
[C19: from anthrax + -ene]
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(ˈæn θrəˌsin)

a colorless, crystalline powder, C14H10, obtained from coal tar, used chiefly as a source of anthraquinone and alizarin.
[1860–65; < Greek ánthrax coal + -ene]
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The most common types are anthracene (C14H10, decay time 30 ns), stilbene (C14H12, 4.5 ns decay time), and naphthalene (C10H8, few ns decay time).
The standard curve of PAHs was including naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, fluorene, phenanthrene, anthracene, fluoranthene, pyrene, benzo(a)anthracene, chrysene, benzo(b) fluoranthene, benzo(a)pyrene, indeno(1,2,3-cd) pyrene, and benzo(g,h,i)perylene as shown in figure 1.
7, 12 dimethylbenz (a) anthracene (DMBA) is among those PAH compounds and known to cause tumor formation in various tissues in both human and animals.
Like fluorene, naphthalene and anthracene were also present in all the vegetables but their concentration was not very high (6.89+-0.03 ug/kg for naphthalene and 2.18+-0.01 for anthracene).
The mean concentration of dibenzo(a,h) anthracene was found to be highest among all PAHs i.e., 123.370 ng/[m.sup.3] with 10.660 ng/[m.sup.3] and 236.080 ng/[m.sup.3], mean, minimum and maximum concentration, respectively.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): Naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, phenanthrene, fluorene, anthracene, pyrene, chrysene (internal standard (i.s)), benzo(a)anthracene, fluoranthene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(g,h,i)perylene, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene and dibenzo(a,h)anthracene.
A total of 14 classes of secondary metabolites were investigated, viz., alkaloids, anthocyanins, anthraquinones, flavonoids, coumarins, anthracene derivatives, lignans, mono-, sesqui-, and diterpenes, naphthoquinones, saponins, water-soluble tannins, condensed tannins, xanthines, triperpenes and steroids.