heptane

noun

hep·​tane ˈhep-ˌtān How to pronounce heptane (audio)
: any of several isomeric alkanes C7H16
especially : the liquid normal isomer occurring in petroleum and used especially as a solvent and in determining octane numbers

Examples of heptane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gorbett lights a pan of flammable heptane under an end table and then quickly exits the room. Douglas Starr, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heptane was in 1877

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“Heptane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptane. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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