hexane

noun

hex·​ane ˈhek-ˌsān How to pronounce hexane (audio)
: any of several isomeric volatile liquid alkanes C6H14 found in petroleum

Examples of hexane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are committed to routine testing of their ingredients and products for metals like arsenic, lead and mercury, and have made other efforts like finding a separation method that does not require harsh chemical solvents like hexane. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-Cpt, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 To seal the deal, Wen washed the CHCs off dead bees with hexane, which can dissolve waxes and oils, heated them up to about the temperature of a live bee, and placed them back in their respective hives. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 20 Mar. 2020 As a branched hexane, the chemical has six carbon atoms arranged along a bent backbone. W. Wayt Gibbs, Science | AAAS, 12 Nov. 2019 The chemicals released in the week after Harvey made landfall, including benzene, 1,3-butadiene, hexane, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, toluene and xylene. Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2017 The chemicals released in the week after Harvey made landfall include benzene, 1,3-butadiene, hexane, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, toluene and xylene. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, 4 Sep. 2017 When destined for food products, the oil is processed without the use of harsh solvents such as hexane, the company said. Peter Whoriskey, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2017 The researchers pulverized the hair into a fine powder, dissolved the powder in a strong base, and then extracted all of the volatile chemicals from it with a solvent called hexane. Aaron Rowe, WIRED, 18 July 2007

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First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hexane was in 1877

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“Hexane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexane. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

hexane

noun
hex·​ane ˈhek-ˌsān How to pronounce hexane (audio)
: any of several isomeric volatile liquid alkanes C6H14 found in petroleum

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