pris·​tane ˈpri-ˌstān How to pronounce pristane (audio)
: an isoprenoid hydrocarbon C19H40 that usually accompanies phytane

Word History


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

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pristane was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Pristane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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