bu·​tene ˈbyü-ˌtēn How to pronounce butene (audio)
: a straight-chain butylene

Examples of butene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butane is most commonly used in cigarette lighters, but it can also be transformed into butene, which is used to create synthetic rubber. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 20 Feb. 2017

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary butyl + -ene

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of butene was in 1885

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“Butene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butene. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


bu·​tene ˈbyü-ˌtēn How to pronounce butene (audio)
: either of two butylenes having a straight-chain structure

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