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[sil-eyn] /ˈsɪl eɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
Also called silicon tetrahydride. a gas with an unpleasant odor, SiH 4 , soluble in water: used as a doping agent for semiconductors in the production of solid-state devices.
any of a class of silicon hydrides analogous to the alkanes.
Origin of silane
< German Silan (1916); see silicon, -ane Unabridged
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  • Nam profecto aut metus aut injuria te subegit, silane, consulem designatum, genus poenae novum decernere.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
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silane sil·ane (sĭl'ān')
Any of a group of highly reactive hydrocarbons containing tetravalent silicon instead of carbon.

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