Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any member of the alkane series.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a non-aromatic saturated acyclic hydrocarbon with the general formula CnH(2n+2). A member of the alkane series.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hydrocarbon, CnH2n+2, of the marsh-gas or methane series: official name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)

Etymologies

alk(yl) + -ane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
alkyl +‎ -ane. (Wiktionary)

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