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octane

[ ok-teyn ]
/ ˈɒk teɪn /
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noun Chemistry.
any of 18 isomeric saturated hydrocarbons having the formula C8H18, some of which are obtained in the distillation and cracking of petroleum.
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Origin of octane

First recorded in 1870–75; oct- + -ane
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British Dictionary definitions for octane

octane
/ (ˈɒkteɪn) /

noun
a liquid alkane hydrocarbon found in petroleum and existing in 18 isomeric forms, esp the isomer n -octane. Formula: C 8 H 18See also isooctane
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Scientific definitions for octane

octane
[ ŏktān′ ]

Any of several hydrocarbons having eight carbon atoms connected by single bonds. It is commonly added to gasoline to prevent knocking from uneven burning of fuel in internal-combustion engines. Octane is the eighth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C8H18.
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