Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various liquid isomers, C10H22, of the methane series.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of the seventy-five isomers of the aliphatic hydrocarbon having the chemical formula C10H22

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liquid hydrocarbon, C10H22, of the paraffin series, including several isomeric modifications.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hydrocarbon (C10H22) which may be regarded as a polymer of amyl (C5H11), and the only form in which this radical can be made to exist in the free state. It is a paraffin found in coal-tar. See amyl.

Etymologies

deca- + -ane (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A long list of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs [including benzene, xylene, hexane, heptane, octane, decane, trichloroethylene (TCE), and methylene chloride], have been shown to cause illnesses in people who are exposed to the compounds in indoor spaces.

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