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phytane

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noun phy·tane \ˈfī-ˌtān\

Definition of phytane

  1. :  an isoprenoid hydrocarbon C20H42 that is found especially associated with fossilized plant remains from the Precambrian and later eras



Circa 1907

First Known Use of phytane

circa 1907


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