a suffix used to form names of unsaturated hydrocarbons (anthracene; benzene), especially those of the alkene series (butylene).
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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 bondsbenzene; ethylene
Word Origin for -ene
from Greek -ēnē, feminine patronymic suffix
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Medicine definitions for -ene
An unsaturated organic compound, especially one containing a double bond between carbon atoms:ethylene.
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Science definitions for -ene
A suffix used to form the names of hydrocarbons having one or more double bonds, such as benzene.
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