- a suffix used to form names of unsaturated hydrocarbons (anthracene; benzene), especially those of the alkene series (butylene).
Origin of -ene
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These are a succession of rocky patches extending 4½ miles in an ENE.Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine
Walter H. Rich
The navigation for steamers drawing 10 feet of water terminates at the junction of the Perene and Ene.Life of Rear Admiral John Randolph Tucker
James Henry Rochelle
Sanct Tredwall, als, thare may be sene Quhilk on ane prick hes baith her ene.An Introduction to Mythology
- (in chemistry) indicating an unsaturated compound containing double bondsbenzene; ethylene
Word Origin for -ene
hydrocarbon suffix, from Greek name-forming suffic -ene; it has no real meaning in itself; probably abstracted mid-19c. from methylene (1834). Put in systematic use by Hofmann (1865). "The breakdown of methylene into methyl and -ene, and the identification of the last syllable of methyl with the general suffix -ly, led to the use of meth- as a separate combining-element, as, for example, in methane, methacrylic [Flood].
- An unsaturated organic compound, especially one containing a double bond between carbon atoms:ethylene.
- A suffix used to form the names of hydrocarbons having one or more double bonds, such as benzene.