hexane

noun
hex·ane | \ˈhek-ˌsān \

Definition of hexane 

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

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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, "The Health 202: Obamacare, the sequel, starts now," 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, "Hurricane Harvey aftermath: Chemical plants already released 1 million pounds of extra air pollutants," 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, "Hurricane Harvey aftermath: Chemical companies already released 1 million pounds of extra air pollutants," 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, "How millions of cartons of 'organic' milk contain an oil brewed in industrial vats of algae," 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, "Can a Hair Sample Reveal How Much Weed You Smoke?," 18 July 2007

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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hexane

noun
hex·ane | \ˈhek-ˌsān \

Medical Definition of hexane 

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

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