Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Similar term(s): PAHs, Polyaromatic hydrocarbons, PNAs, polynuclear aromatics, PCAs, polycyclic aromatics.
A group of over 100 different organic compounds composed of several benzene
rings. Some of them are persistent and carcinogenic.
PAHs are commonly formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas,
garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco or charbroiled meat.
Generally, tobacco smoke is by far the most important source of exposure for
Example of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon: naphthalene
Source: MadSci Network General
Español: Hidrocarburos aromáticos policíclicos
Français: Hydrocarbure aromatique polycyclique