methane

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noun meth·ane \ˈme-ˌthān, British usually ˈmē-\

Definition of methane

  1. :  a colorless odorless flammable gaseous hydrocarbon CH4 that is a product of decomposition of organic matter and of the carbonization of coal, is used as a fuel and as a starting material in chemical synthesis, and is the simplest of the alkanes

Origin and Etymology of methane

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1867


METHANE Defined for English Language Learners

methane

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noun meth·ane \ˈme-ˌthān, British usually ˈmē-\

Definition of methane for English Language Learners

  • : a colorless gas that has no smell and that can be burned for fuel


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methane

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noun meth·ane \ˈmeth-ˌān, British usually ˈmē-ˌthān\

Medical Definition of methane

  1. :  a colorless, odorless, flammable, gaseous hydrocarbon CH4 that is lighter than air, forms explosive mixtures with air or oxygen, and occurs naturally as a by-product of the decomposition of organic matter by anaerobic bacteria—called also marsh gas


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