Definition of alkane
: any of numerous saturated hydrocarbons; specifically : any of a series of open-chain hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 (such as methane and butane) —called also paraffin
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The product, which purports to help give skin a healthy, dewy look, is made with skin-loving ingredients like coconut alkanes, coconut milk, coconut water and coconut polysaccharides.
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Origin and Etymology of alkane
alkyl + -ane
First Known Use: 1899See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of alkane
: any of a series of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 (as methane)—called also paraffin
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