noun \ˈal-ˌkān\

Definition of ALKANE

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

Origin of ALKANE

alkyl + -ane
First Known Use: 1899


noun \ˈal-ˌkān\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALKANE

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of a class of hydrocarbons whose molecules consist only of carbon and hydrogen atoms joined by single covalent bonds (general formula CH). The simplest is methane (CH). Alkanes with more than three carbon atoms may have straight and branched isomers. Cycloalkanes have ring structures (but are not aromatic compounds) with two fewer hydrogen atoms per molecule than the corresponding alkane; many have more than one ring. Commercial sources include petroleum and natural gas. Uses, often as mixtures, include fuels, solvents, and raw materials. See also paraffin.

Variants of ALKANE

alkane or paraffin


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