noun Chemistry.

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.
any of a class of silicon hydrides analogous to the alkanes.

Nearby words

  1. sikkimese,
  2. sikorski,
  3. sikorsky,
  4. sikra,
  5. silage,
  6. silas,
  7. silas marner,
  8. silastic,
  9. silbury hill,
  10. sild

Origin of silane

< German Silan (1916); see silicon, -ane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for silane




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

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