- 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
Also called dimethyl.
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Examples from the Web for ethane
All we need trouble about, however, is the first two, Methane and Ethane.
We have pictured to ourselves the molecule of methane: let us do the same with ethane.
Ethane, (C2H6), a hydrocarbon belonging to the paraffin series.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Acetylene combines with hydrogen in the presence of platinum black, and ethylene and then ethane result.
Add another of carbon and two more of hydrogen and you get the second "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
C19: from eth (yl) + -ane
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Word Origin and History for ethane
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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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