hexane

[hek-seyn]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. hexamethylene,
  2. hexamethylenetetramine,
  3. hexametric,
  4. hexamine,
  5. hexanaphthene,
  6. hexanedioic acid,
  7. hexangular,
  8. hexanitrate,
  9. hexanoic acid,
  10. hexapartite

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

hexane

noun

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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Word Origin and History for hexane

hexane

n.

paraffin hydrocarbon, 1872, from Greek hex "six" (see six) + chemical suffix -ane. So called for its six carbon atoms.

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Medicine definitions for hexane

hexane

[hĕksān′]

n.

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

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Science definitions for hexane

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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