- 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
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But we have more complex hydrocarbons such as C6H14, known as hexane.Creative Chemistry
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- 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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- A colorless, flammable liquid, derived from the distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent.
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- 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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