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alkane

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noun al·kane \ˈal-ˌkān\

Definition of alkane

  1. :  any of numerous saturated hydrocarbons; specifically :  any of a series of open-chain hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 (as methane and butane) —called also paraffin



Origin and Etymology of alkane

alkyl + -ane


First Known Use: 1899


Medical Dictionary

alkane

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noun al·kane \ˈal-ˌkān\

Medical Definition of alkane

  1. :  any of a series of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 (as methane)—called also paraffin




Learn More about alkane

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of alkane Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about alkane


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