pristane

noun
pris·​tane | \ ˈpri-ˌstān How to pronounce pristane (audio) \

Definition of pristane

: an isoprenoid hydrocarbon C19H40 that usually accompanies phytane

First Known Use of pristane

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pristane

Latin pristis shark, sawfish; from its occurrence in the liver oils of sharks

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“Pristane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pristane. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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