eth·​ane ˈe-ˌthān How to pronounce ethane (audio)
British usually
ˈē- How to pronounce ethane (audio)
: a colorless odorless gaseous alkane C2H6 found in natural gas and used as a fuel

Examples of ethane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The combination of the slow wind speeds on Titan—a product of the moon’s thick nitrogen atmosphere—and the density and viscosity of methane and ethane mean that the average wave height would only be a few inches. Tom Hawking, Popular Science, 20 June 2024 Read More: Titan-in-a-Test-Tube: Earthbound Chemists Search for Alien Life Titan’s atmosphere also allows the surface to host rivers, lakes and oceans — all containing liquid methane and ethane. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2024 The researchers also found evidence of several other organic compounds, including acetylene, propene and ethane, which also signal the moon’s potential to support life. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 Workers exposed to methane, ethane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide or other hydrocarbon components from drilling and refining can experience respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness and insomnia. Sarah Martin, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for ethane 

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from ethyl

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ethane was in 1866

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“Ethane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


eth·​ane ˈeth-ˌān How to pronounce ethane (audio)
: a colorless odorless gas that consists of carbon and hydrogen, is found in natural gas, and is used especially as a fuel

Medical Definition


ˈeth-ˌān, British ˈē-ˌthān
: a colorless odorless gaseous alkane C2H6 found in natural gas and used especially as a fuel

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