Definition of acridine in English:



mass nounChemistry
  • A colourless solid compound obtained from coal tar, used in the manufacture of dyes and drugs.

    • ‘Radiation from nuclear bombs and gaseous particles from nitrogen mustard and acridine orange have been used destructively in war.’
    • ‘This effect of cholesterol was not observed in the results obtained here with acridine orange.’
    • ‘Subsequent to the laser photolysis, leakage of acridine orange is observed via the increase in fluorescence under constant illumination with exciting light.’
    • ‘The amount of polymer trapped by the capsules was quantified by titration with the positively charged dye acridine orange.’
    • ‘He went on to demonstrate that this effect was greater than that of either acridine alone, light alone or acridine exposed to light and then added to the paramecium.’


Late 19th century: coined in German from acrid + -ine.