Definition of naphthacene in English:

naphthacene

Pronunciation /ˈnafθəsiːn/ /ˈnapθəsiːn/

noun

Chemistry
  • A hydrocarbon, C₁₈ H₁₂, which is an orange-red solid with explosive properties and a molecule consisting of four fused benzene rings.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. Blend of naphtha and anthracene, after German Naphtacen.