any of a group of hydrocarbon ring compounds of the general formula, CnH2n, derivatives of cyclopentane and cyclohexane, found in certain petroleums.
- naph·the·nic [naf-thee-nik, -then-ik, nap-], /næfˈθi nɪk, -ˈθɛn ɪk, næp-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for naphthene
any of a class of cycloalkanes, mainly derivatives of cyclopentane, found in petroleum
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Scientific definitions for naphthene
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