a combining form meaning “coal,” “carbon,” “carbuncle,” used in the formation of compound words:
anthracosis; anthracnose; anthracoid.


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  • Anthracene

    a colorless, crystalline powder, C 14 H 12 , obtained from coal tar and having a violet fluorescence: used chiefly as a source of and alizarin, and in the process of measuring radioactive materials. Historical Examples Another trihydroxy-anthraquinone, although not obtained directly from anthracene, must be claimed as a tar-product. Coal Raphael Meldola It is […]

  • Anthrax

    an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle, sheep, and other mammals, caused by Bacillus anthracis, transmitted to humans by contaminated wool, raw meat, or other animal products. a malignant carbuncle that is the diagnostic lesion of anthrax disease in humans. Contemporary Examples As with the anthrax attacks, the disturbing news of these letters is delivered […]

  • Anthracic

    anthracic anthracic an·thrac·ic (ān-thrās’ĭk) adj. Relating to anthrax.

  • Anthracite

    a mineral coal containing little of the volatile hydrocarbons and burning almost without flame; hard coal. Historical Examples East of the Alleghenies the deposits are anthracite, while the bituminous fields occupy the southwestern section of the state.Ed. Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV Edwin James The second kind of coal, the sort that is hard […]

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