a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, C2H6, of the methane series, present in natural gas, illuminating gas, and crude petroleum: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a fuel gas.
Origin of ethane
First recorded in 1870–75; eth(yl)
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British Dictionary definitions for ethane
a colourless odourless flammable gaseous alkane obtained from natural gas and petroleum: used as a fuel and in the manufacture of organic chemicals. Formula: C 2 H 6
Word Origin for ethane
C19: from eth (yl) + -ane
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Word Origin and History for ethane
1873, from ethyl + -ane, the appropriate suffix under Hofmann's system.
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A colorless, odorless, flammable gas occurring in natural gas. It is used as a fuel and in refrigeration. Ethane is the second member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C2H6.
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