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petrolene

[ pe-truh-leen ]
/ ˈpɛ trəˌlin /
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noun
any of the constituents of a bitumen, as asphalt, that are soluble in pentane, hexane, or naphthalene.
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Also called malthene.
Compare asphaltene.

Origin of petrolene

First recorded in 1830–40; petrol(eum) + -ene
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