[ hek-seyn ]
/ ˈhɛk seɪn /


any of five isomeric hydrocarbons having the formula C6H14, of the alkane series, some of which are obtained from petroleum: used as solvents and chemical intermediates and in fuels.

Origin of hexane

First recorded in 1875–80; hex- + -ane
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Examples from the Web for hexane

  • But we have more complex hydrocarbons such as C6H14, known as hexane.

    Creative Chemistry|Edwin E. Slosson

British Dictionary definitions for hexane

/ (ˈhɛkseɪn) /


a liquid alkane existing in five isomeric forms that are found in petroleum and used as solvents, esp the isomer with a straight chain of carbon atoms (n- hexane). Formula: C 6 H 14

Word Origin for hexane

C19: from hexa- + -ane
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Medical definitions for hexane

[ hĕksān′ ]


A colorless, flammable liquid, derived from the distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent.
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Scientific definitions for hexane

[ hĕksān′ ]

A colorless flammable liquid derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum. It is used as a solvent and in low-temperature thermometers. Hexane is the sixth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C6H14.
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