- a colorless, flammable gas, C3H8, of the alkane series, occurring in petroleum and natural gas: used chiefly as a fuel and in organic synthesis.
Origin of propane
Also called dimethylmethane.
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- a colourless flammable gaseous alkane found in petroleum and used as a fuel. Formula: CH 3 CH 2 CH 3
C19: from propionic acid + -ane
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Word Origin and History for propane
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- A colorless hydrocarbon found in natural gas and petroleum and widely used as a fuel.
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- A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon found in petroleum and natural gas. It is widely used as a fuel. Propane is the third member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C3H8.
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