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alkalise
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alkane definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2) [syn: methane series, alkane series, alkane, paraffin series, paraffin]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: alkyl + -ane Date: 1899 any of numerous saturated hydrocarbons; specifically any of a series of open-chain hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 (as methane and butane) called also paraffin

Britannica Concise

Any of a class of hydrocarbons whose molecules consist only of carbon and hydrogen atoms joined by single covalent bonds (general formula CnH(2n + 2)). The simplest is methane (CH4). Alkanes with more than three carbon atoms may have straight and branched isomers. Cycloalkanes have ring structures (but are not aromatic compounds) with two fewer hydrogen atoms per molecule than the corresponding alkane; many have more than one ring. Commercial sources include petroleum and natural gas. Uses, often as mixtures, include as fuels, solvents, and raw materials. See also paraffin.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Chem. any of a series of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, including methane, ethane, and propane. Etymology: ALKYL + -ANE(2)




 


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