noun Chemistry.
  1. Also called silicon tetrahydride. a gas with an unpleasant odor, SiH4, soluble in water: used as a doping agent for semiconductors in the production of solid-state devices.
  2. any of a class of silicon hydrides analogous to the alkanes.

Origin of silane

< German Silan (1916); see silicon, -ane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of silane

  • Nam profecto aut metus aut injuria te subegit, Silane, consulem designatum, genus poenae novum decernere.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino

    Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)

silane in Medicine


  1. Any of a group of highly reactive hydrocarbons containing tetravalent silicon instead of carbon.
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