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[al-keyn] /ˈæl keɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
any member of the alkane series.
Origin of alkane
First recorded in 1895-1900; alk(yl) + -ane Unabridged
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  1. any saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon with the general formula CnH2n+2
  2. (as modifier): alkane series
Also called paraffin
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alkane in Medicine

alkane al·kane (āl'kān')
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
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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