bu·tyne | \ˈbyüˌtīn\
plural -s

Definition of butyne 

: either of two isomeric hydrocarbons C4H6 of the acetylene series:

a : an easily condensable gas CH≡CCH2CH3

called also 1-butyne, ethylacetylene

b : a volatile liquid CH3C≡CCH3 of strong odor

called also 2-butyne, dimethylacetylene

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