Definition of fluoranthene in US English:

fluoranthene

(also fluoranthen)

noun

Chemistry
  • An aromatic hydrocarbon which crystallizes as colourless needles or plates, found in coal tar and as a product of combustion.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Chemical News. From fluoro- + -anth- + -ene, after German Fluoranthen, so named in account of its fluorescence in ultraviolet light.