a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series: propane.
Origin of -ane
From the Latin suffix -ānus -an
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British Dictionary definitions for -ane
suffix forming nouns
indicating an alkane hydrocarbonhexane
Word Origin for -ane
coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one
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Word Origin and History for -ane
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Medicine definitions for -ane
A saturated hydrocarbon:hexane.
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Science definitions for -ane
A suffix used to form the names of saturated hydrocarbons, such as ethane. The suffix is shortened to -an- before other suffixes to indicate compounds derived from saturated hydrocarbons, as in ethanol.
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