a colorless, liquid alkane, CH, found in petroleum and, sometimes, in vegetable matter, and used to test fuel oils
Origin of cetanefrom Classical Latin cetus (see cetacean) + -ane: so named from being related to compounds found in oil from sperm whales
A colorless liquid, C16H34, used as a solvent and as a performance standard for diesel fuels.
Origin of cetaneLatin cētus whale (so called because it is found in sperm whale oil) ; see Cetus . -ane