noun ce·tene \ˈsēˌtēn\

Definition of cetene



  1. :  an oily hydrocarbon C16H32 of the ethylene series obtained by dehydrating cetyl alcohol —called also 1-hexadecene

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Origin and Etymology of cetene

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

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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