alkane series

noun Chemistry.

the homologous series of saturated, aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, as methane, CH4, or ethane, C2H6.

Nearby words

  1. alkaloid,
  2. alkaloidal,
  3. alkalosis,
  4. alkaluria,
  5. alkane,
  6. alkanet,
  7. alkanethiol,
  8. alkannin,
  9. alkapton,
  10. alkaptonuria

Origin of alkane series

First recorded in 1945–50

Also called methane series, paraffin series. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019