Alkane Definition

ălkān
noun
Any member of the alkane series.
American Heritage
Any of a series of saturated hydrocarbons with open chains, having the formula CnH2n+2: these compounds are sometimes said to be in the methane or paraffin series.
Webster's New World

(organic chemistry) Any of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane and compounds with long carbon chain known as paraffins etc., having a chemical formula of the form CnH2n+2.

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Any of a group of hydrocarbons that have carbon atoms in chains linked by single bonds and that have the general formula Cn H2n &sbplus;2 . Alkanes can be either gaseous, liquid, or solid. They occur naturally in petroleum and natural gas, and include methane, propane and butane. &diamf3; 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.
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Other Word Forms of Alkane

Noun

Singular:
alkane
Plural:
alkanes

Origin of Alkane

  • alkyl +‎ -ane.

    From Wiktionary

  • alk(yl) –ane

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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