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alkane

noun al·kane \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

alkane

noun al·kane \ˈal-ˌkān\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALKANE

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

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