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-ane

Chemistry.
  1. a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series: propane.
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Origin of -ane

From the Latin suffix -ānus -an
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British Dictionary definitions for -ane

-ane

suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating an alkane hydrocarbonhexane
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Word Origin

coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one
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Word Origin and History for -ane

word-forming element in chemical use, indicating a chain of carbon atoms with no double bonds, proposed 1866 by German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818-1892) to go with -ene, -ine (2), -one.

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-ane in Medicine

-ane

suff.
  1. A saturated hydrocarbon:hexane.
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-ane in Science

-ane

  1. 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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