Origin of decane

First recorded in 1870–75; dec- + -ane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for decane


  1. a liquid alkane hydrocarbon existing in several isomeric forms. Formula: C 10 H 22

Word Origin for decane

C19: from deca- + -ane
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decane in Science


  1. Any of various liquid hydrocarbons containing ten carbon atoms in a chain, attached to hydrogen atoms. Decane is the tenth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C10H22.
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