Synonyms: "benz[a]anthracene", "tetraphene", "1,2-benzanthracene", "benzanthrene", "benzo[a]anthracene", "benzanthracene", "benz(a)anthracene", "naphthanthracene", "2,3-benzphenanthrene", "benzoanthracene", "1,2-benzanthrene", "1,2-benzanthrazen", "1,2-benzoanthracene", "2,3-benzophenanthrene", "benzo(a)anthracene", "benzo[b]phenanthrene", "benzo(b)phenanthrene".

Source: benz[a]anthracene is present as a major component of total content of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon compounds in the environment. Human exposure to benz(a)anthracene occurs primarily through smoking of tobacco, inhalation of polluted air and by ingestion of food and water contaminated by combustion effluents


IUPAC Name: [dimethyl(phenyl)silyl]oxy-dimethyl-phenylsilane
CAS Number: 56-55-3
PubChem ID: 5954
Canonical SMILES: C1=CC=C2C(=C1)C=CC3=CC4=CC=CC=C4C=C32

Structural Properties:

Molecular Formula: C18H12
Molecular Weight: 228.294

Pharmacophore Features:

Number of bond donors: 0
Number of bond acceptors: 0
Number of atoms different from hydrogen: 18


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