plural -s
: an oily hydrocarbon C16H32 of the ethylene series obtained by dehydrating cetyl alcohol

called also 1-hexadecene

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary cet- + -ene; originally formed as French cétène; from its being derived from spermaceti

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“Cetene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cetene. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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