hexane

noun
hex·​ane | \ ˈhek-ˌsān How to pronounce hexane (audio) \

Definition of hexane

: any of several isomeric volatile liquid alkanes C6H14 found in petroleum

Examples of hexane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, NOLA.com, 4 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 of hexane

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Hexane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexane. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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hexane

noun
hex·​ane | \ ˈhek-ˌsān How to pronounce hexane (audio) \

Medical Definition of hexane

: any of several isomeric volatile liquid alkanes C6H14 found in petroleum

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