An odorless, colorless, gaseous alkane, CH3CH3, found in natural gas and used as a refrigerant and in fuel mixtures.
Origin of ethane
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
eth- + -ane
Ethane Sentence Examples
These last two compounds are termed unsaturated, whereas ethane is saturated.
Thus ethane gives H3C CH2 CH3, propane; ethylene gives H 2 C:CH CH 3, propylene; and acetylene gives HC: C CH 3, allylene.
We derived this substance from ethane by introducing a meth y l group; hence it may be termed " methylethane."
By his own investigations and those of Sir Edward Frankland it was proved that the radical methyl existed in acetic acid; and by the electrolysis of sodium acetate, Kolbe concluded that he had isolated this radical; in this, however, he was wrong, for he really obtained ethane, C 2 H 6, and not methyl, CH 3.
Three such compounds are possible according to the number of valencies acting directly between the carbon atoms. Thus, if they are connected by one valency, and the remaining valencies saturated by hydrogen, we obtain the compound H 3 C CH 3, ethane.