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 (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. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram.com, "Could this tropical fruit be the secret to helping makeup survive the summer?," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of alkane

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alkane

alkyl + -ane

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alkane

noun
al·​kane | \ˈal-ˌkān \

Medical Definition of alkane 

: any of a series of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 (as methane)

called also paraffin

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