Definition of phenanthridine in English:

phenanthridine

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] A white crystalline compound used in the treatment of trypanosome blood infection.

    • ‘The fluorescence dye ethidium bromide for DNA staining has a central phenanthridine ring system that intercalates into DNA.’
    • ‘Among the ethidium derivatives reported in the literature, the majority are phenanthridine derivatives with modifications of the exocyclic amines.’
    • ‘The ethyl acetate-extractable metabolites of phenanthridine as formed in vitro with Aroclor-induced rat liver homogenate were isolated and structurally identified.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from phen- + anthr(acene) + -ide + -ine.

Pronunciation:

phenanthridine

/fɪˈnanθrɪdiːn/