plural -s
: one of the components of bitumen soluble in carbon disulfide but insoluble in carbon tetrachloride
usually used in plural
compare asphaltene
: any of a class of usually highly reactive chemical compounds containing an uncharged divalent carbon atom that are formed especially as intermediates in chemical reactions

Word History


carb- + -ene

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“Carbene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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