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alkane

[al-keyn]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. any member of the alkane series.

Origin of alkane

First recorded in 1895–1900; alk(yl) + -ane
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Examples from the Web for alkane

Historical Examples

  • Melt these together over a slow fire, mixing with them a little powder of alkane root to color it.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

    Barkham Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for alkane

alkane

noun
    1. any saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon with the general formula C n H 2 n +2
    2. (as modifier)alkane series
    Also called: paraffin
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alkane in Medicine

alkane

(ălkān′)
n.
  1. Any of various saturated open-chain hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the most abundant of which is methane.
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alkane in Science

alkane

[ălkān′]
  1. Any of a group of hydrocarbons that have carbon atoms in chains linked by single bonds and that have the general formula CnH2n+2. Alkanes can be either gaseous, liquid, or solid. They occur naturally in petroleum and natural gas, and include methane, propane and butane. Also called paraffin♦ The group of alkanes as a whole is called the alkane series or the methane or paraffin series. Its first six members are methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane, and hexane.
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