- a colorless, flammable gas, C4H10, a saturated aliphatic existing in two isometric forms: used chiefly in the manufacture of rubber and as fuel.
Origin of butane
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Butane purchased at a hardware store often contains chemicals like benzene, which is known to cause cancer.
Recently, at a pot-centered radio program, someone offered me a “dab” of butane honey oil (BHO)—a concentrated form of cannabis.
Unable to afford electricity, butane, or propane, the students, like their neighbors, relied on wood for their cooking.Claremont McKenna Students Try Life on $1 a Day in ‘Living on One’
October 3, 2012
Now they heat and cook with butane or electricity which comes from Silver City.The Pinos Altos Story
- a colourless flammable gaseous alkane that exists in two isomeric forms, both of which occur in natural gas. The stable isomer, n -butane, is used mainly in the manufacture of rubber and fuels (such as Calor Gas). Formula: C 4 H 10
C19: from but (yl) + -ane
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Word Origin and History for butane
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- Either of two isomers of a gaseous hydrocarbon produced synthetically from petroleum and used as a refrigerant, as a aerosol propellant, and in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.
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- An organic compound found in natural gas and produced from petroleum. Butane is used as a household fuel, refrigerant, and propellant in aerosol cans. It is the fourth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C4H10.
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