Definition of pyrene in English:

pyrene

noun

Chemistry
  • A crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon present in coal tar.

    • ‘To this purpose we have considered four dyes, namely: indo - 1, rhodamine 6G, fluorescein, and pyrene.’
    • ‘The biological half-life of pyrene absorbed via the respiratory tract is 9.8 hr.’
    • ‘The fluorescence methods include quenching, pyrene excimer formation, and RET.’
    • ‘The concentration of pyrene in the lipid bilayer as well as the temperature were similar in experiment and simulations.’
    • ‘Potential effects of other probes such as pyrene are briefly discussed.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek pur fire + -ene.

Pronunciation:

pyrene

/ˈpīrēn/