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[byoo-teyn, byoo-teyn] /ˈbyu teɪn, byuˈteɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, flammable gas, C 4 H 10 , a saturated aliphatic existing in two isometric forms: used chiefly in the manufacture of rubber and as fuel.
Origin of butane
First recorded in 1870-75; but(yl) + -ane Unabridged
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/ˈbjuːteɪn; bjuːˈteɪn/
a colourless flammable gaseous alkane that exists in two isomeric forms, both of which occur in natural gas. The stable isomer, n-butane, is used mainly in the manufacture of rubber and fuels (such as Calor Gas). Formula: C4H10
Word Origin
C19: from but(yl) + -ane
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Word Origin and History for butane

paraffin hydrocarbon, 1875, from butyl, hydrocarbon from butyric acid, a product of fermentation found in rancid butter, from Latin butyrum (see butter (n.)) + chemical suffix -ane.

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butane in Medicine

butane bu·tane (byōō'tān')
Either of two isomers of a gaseous hydrocarbon produced synthetically from petroleum and used as a refrigerant, and aerosol propellant and in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.

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butane in Science
An organic compound found in natural gas and produced from petroleum. Butane is used as a household fuel, refrigerant, and propellant in aerosol cans. It is the fourth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C4H10.
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