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cycloparaffin

[sahy-kluh-par-uh-fin, sik-luh-]
noun
  1. Chemistry. any of the homologous series of saturated, alicyclic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n.
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Origin of cycloparaffin

First recorded in 1895–1900; cyclo- + paraffin
Also called cy·clo·al·kane [sahy-kloh-al-keyn] /ˌsaɪ kloʊˈæl keɪn/.
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British Dictionary definitions for cycloalkane

cycloalkane

noun
  1. any saturated hydrocarbon similar to an alkane but having a cyclic molecular structure and the general formula C n H 2 nAlso called: cycloparaffin
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cycloparaffin

noun
  1. another name for cycloalkane
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cycloalkane in Science

cycloalkane

[sī′klō-ălkān]
  1. Any of various cyclic saturated hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n. Cycloalkanes are alkanes formed into a closed ring. They are one of the three main constituents of crude oil, the other two being alkanes and aromatic compounds. Also called naphthene
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