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.
- Also called dimethyl.
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How to use ethane in a sentence
For instance, in 1981, biophysicist Jacques Dubochet discovered that tiny biological structures supercooled with ethane could be observed in their natural state under an electron microscope.
Saturn’s moon Titan, meanwhile, might host exotic life in its ethane and methane lakes.
Within a second, heat “cracks” the bonds of each ethane molecule.
Radar observations have detected the presence of rivers and lakes of liquid methane and ethane and possibly the presence of cryovolcanoes—volcano-like features that erupt liquid water rather than lava.The Four Most Promising Worlds for Alien Life in the Solar System | Gareth Dorrian | September 24, 2020 | Singularity Hub
We derived this substance from ethane by introducing a methyl group; hence it may be termed “methylethane.”
These last two compounds are termed unsaturated, whereas ethane is saturated.
All we need trouble about, however, is the first two, Methane and ethane.The Romance of War Inventions | Thomas W. Corbin
We have pictured to ourselves the molecule of methane: let us do the same with ethane.The Romance of War Inventions | Thomas W. Corbin
Acetylene combines with hydrogen in the presence of platinum black, and ethylene and then ethane result.Acetylene, The Principles Of Its Generation And Use | F. H. Leeds
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
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Scientific definitions for ethane
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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