WORD ORIGIN . Chemistry a suffix used to form names of unsaturated hydrocarbons ( anthracene; benzene), especially those of the alkene series ( butylene). Origin of -ene
Greek -ēnē, feminine of -ēnos, adj. suffix denoting origin or source
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British Dictionary definitions for -ene n combining form (in chemistry) indicating an unsaturated compound containing double bonds benzene; ethylene Word Origin for -ene
-ēnē, feminine patronymic suffix
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Word Origin and History for -ene
hydrocarbon suffix, from Greek name-forming suffic
-ene; it has no real meaning in itself; probably abstracted mid-19c. from methylene (1834). Put in systematic use by Hofmann (1865). "The breakdown of methylene into methyl and -ene, and the identification of the last syllable of methyl with the general suffix -ly, led to the use of meth- as a separate combining-element, as, for example, in methane, methacrylic [Flood].
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suff. An unsaturated organic compound, especially one containing a double bond between carbon atoms: ethylene.
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A suffix used to form the names of hydrocarbons having one or more double bonds, such as benzene.
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