American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of saturated open-chain hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the most abundant of which is methane. Also called methane series, paraffin series.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) a series of acyclic non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2). They include methane, ethane, propane, butane, and the paraffins.
- n. a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
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