alkene

noun
al·​kene | \ ˈal-ˌkēn How to pronounce alkene (audio) \

Definition of alkene

: any of numerous unsaturated hydrocarbons having one double bond specifically : any of a series of open-chain hydrocarbons CnH2n (such as ethylene)

First Known Use of alkene

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alkene

International Scientific Vocabulary alkyl + -ene

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The first known use of alkene was in 1884

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alkene

noun
al·​kene | \ ˈal-ˌkēn How to pronounce alkene (audio) \

Medical Definition of alkene

: any of numerous unsaturated hydrocarbons having one double bond specifically : any of a series of aliphatic hydrocarbons CnH2n (as ethylene)

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