plural -s
: any aliphatic aldehyde (such as decanal) regarded as derived from an alkane and containing the same number of carbon atoms as the alkane

Word History


alkane + aldehyde

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkanal was in 1944

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“Alkanal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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