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cetane

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noun ce·tane \ˈsē-ˌtān\

Definition of cetane

  1. :  a colorless oily hydrocarbon C16H34 found in petroleum



Origin and Etymology of cetane

from cetyl, the radical C16H33


First Known Use: 1871


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