alkane definition by Webster's New World
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any of a series of saturated hydrocarbons with open chains, having the formula CH: these compounds are sometimes said to be in the methane or paraffin series
Origin: alk(yl) plush (meth)ane
alkane definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Any member of the alkane series.
Origin: alk(yl) + -ane.
alkane - Medical Definition
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Any of various saturated open-chain hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the most abundant of which is methane.
alkane - Science Definition
Any of a group of hydrocarbons that have carbon atoms in chains linked by single bonds and that have the general formula CnH2n+2. Alkanes can be either gaseous, liquid, or solid. They occur naturally in petroleum and natural gas, and include methane, propane and butane. Also called paraffin. ♦ The group of alkanes as a whole is called the alkane series or the methane or paraffin series. Its first six members are methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane, and hexane.