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[hek-seyn] /ˈhɛk seɪn/
any of five isomeric hydrocarbons having the formula C 6 H 14 , of the alkane series, some of which are obtained from petroleum: used as solvents and chemical intermediates and in fuels.
Origin of hexane
1875-80; hex- + -ane Unabridged
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  • But we have more complex hydrocarbons such as C6H14, known as hexane.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for hexane


a liquid alkane existing in five isomeric forms that are found in petroleum and used as solvents, esp the isomer with a straight chain of carbon atoms (n-hexane). Formula: C6H14
Word Origin
C19: from hexa- + -ane
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Word Origin and History for hexane

paraffin hydrocarbon, 1872, from Greek hex "six" (see six) + chemical suffix -ane. So called for its six carbon atoms.

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hexane in Medicine

hexane hex·ane (hěk'sān')
A colorless, flammable liquid, derived from the distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent.

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hexane in Science
A colorless flammable liquid derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum. It is used as a solvent and in low-temperature thermometers. Hexane is the sixth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C6H14.
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