cetane number

noun

Definition of cetane number 

: a measure of the ignition value of a diesel fuel that represents the percentage by volume of cetane in a mixture of liquid methylnaphthalene that gives the same ignition lag as the oil being tested

called also cetane rating

— compare octane number

First Known Use of cetane number

1935, in the meaning defined above

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