- any of a group of hydrocarbon ring compounds of the general formula, CnH2n, derivatives of cyclopentane and cyclohexane, found in certain petroleums.
Origin of naphthene
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- any of a class of cycloalkanes, mainly derivatives of cyclopentane, found in petroleum
Word Origin for naphthene
C20: from naphtha + -ene
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- See cycloalkane.
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