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[as-fawl-teen or, esp. British, -fal-]
noun Chemistry.
  1. any of the constituents of a bitumen, as asphalt, that are insoluble in pentane, hexane, or naphthalene.
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Origin of asphaltene

First recorded in 1830–40; asphalt + -ene
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