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propane

[ proh-peyn ]
/ ˈproʊ peɪn /
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noun Chemistry.
a colorless, flammable gas, C3H8, of the alkane series, occurring in petroleum and natural gas: used chiefly as a fuel and in organic synthesis.
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Also called dimethylmethane.

Origin of propane

First recorded in 1866; prop(ionic) + -ane
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British Dictionary definitions for propane

propane
/ (ˈprəʊpeɪn) /

noun
a colourless flammable gaseous alkane found in petroleum and used as a fuel. Formula: CH 3 CH 2 CH 3

Word Origin for propane

C19: from propionic acid + -ane
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Scientific definitions for propane

propane
[ prōpān′ ]

A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon found in petroleum and natural gas. It is widely used as a fuel. Propane is the third member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C3H8.
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